About Us

Supportive Housing Association

The Supportive Housing Association focuses on preserving cultural protective factors by supporting community-based leadership and co-sponsoring partnerships to increase educational and economic improvement projects within impoverished urban neighborhoods and rural townships.


The mission of the Supportive Housing Association is to regenerate and honor heritage sites, sponsor multi-cultural educational art events and promote sustainable design for development of community facilities and accessible housing.

Corporate Summary

In 1995 the United States Department of the Treasury officially designated the Supportive Housing Association as a 501 c (3) non-profit organization.

Fundraising and management for Supportive Housing Association is maintained in compliance with licensed lending institutions and Federal, State, and local accounting requirements.

Private donations for Supportive Housing Association projects are tax-deductible.

SHA Board Members

  • Susanne Marten – Ph.D., President
  • Anne Marie Williams – MSW, Vice President
  • Moya Joubert – BS Limnology, Treasurer
  • Chenda Ouch – Business Owner, Secretary
  • Aleks Büchle – RN
  • Richard Myers – Attorney at Law

Program Director:  Chhay Mam


South Puget Sound communities prioritize equitable investment and sustainable distribution of natural resources for safe and affordable housing, accessible community facilities and informed environmental and cultural arts education and employment programs.

To achieve this vision, the Supportive Housing Association will serve as an agent to advise and nurture private and public investment in community projects that foster local leadership, recognize and honor racial and ethnic diversity, expand affordable housing and accessible facilities for convening environmental and cultural arts education and employment programs.

Effective community development work involves a multi-pronged approach:

  • Partnerships are formed among community leaders, residents, businesses, cultural arts and environmental groups, public health departments, utility and park districts, schools, libraries, non-profit and governmental organizations.
  • A shared vision emerges in which the reduction of economic disparities, conservation of environmental resources and celebration of cultural diversity through the arts and education is a guiding investment principle for sustaining vibrant communities


Respect. We include and honor leadership and contributions from diverse neighborhood stakeholders so that our work is authentic and culturally grounded.

Equity. We promote and work to improve economic equality, fairness and social justice for low-income and racially diverse communities.

Credibility. We set feasible and realistic goals at the intersection of community needs and organizational capacity, and we hold ourselves accountable to local leaders, neighborhood stakeholders and private and public contractors.

Learning. We improve our work by applying recognized, field and evidence-tested practices and by regular rigorous evaluation of our work.

Collaboration. We work in partnership with residents, community leaders, private and public organizations to develop coalitions for the advancement of sustainable infrastructure and environmental and cultural arts preservation initiatives.


Since 1995 the Supportive Housing Association has been recognized by the United States Department of the Treasury and the State of Washington as a 501 C (3) non-profit organization. Founding Board of Directors included: Susanne Marten of Tacoma, Kelly Hoeckelberg of University Place, Anita Kent of Lakewood, Mary Smith of Edgewood, Sharon Selden of Spanaway, Doris Weaver of Sumner, Cecilia Zavala of South Hill, Dale Goldder of Fife, Julian Gallion of Puyallup and Peggy Tyson of Steilacoom.

From 1995 to 2000 the Supportive Housing Association Board members and staff were involved in sponsoring and assisting with the development of the following infrastructure planning and community development initiatives:

  • Rural Health Collaborative, Town of Eatonville

  • Parker Road and Main Street In-fill planning, City of Sumner

  • Pre-development community planning for special needs apartment complex, Spanaway

  • Assistance with HUD 202 application submission Marymount, Spanaway

  • Submission of USDA Rural Health Clinic application-Southeast Pierce County

From 2000 to 2005 the Supportive Housing Association assumed lead sponsorship of and consulting responsibility for the following projects and programs:

  • Domestic Violence shelter Peaceful Village City of Sumner

  • Relocation of Sumner Senior Center to Sumner Commons

  • New construction Sumner Commons Senior Housing, City of Sumner

  • Formation of Whiteriver Housing Association, Town of Buckley

  • Formation of King’s Manor Senior Housing initiative, Pierce County

From 2005 to 2010 the Supportive Housing Association focused on assisting communities to implement for themselves the necessary planning activities and fund development work to successfully own and operate their own projects. This work primarily involved facilitating investments from organizations who were strong fiscal partners and resolute to community need. During this time the following projects were identified and completed:

  • Joint sponsorship by United Way of Pierce County and the Tacoma Pierce County Public Health Department to plan for a healthcare facility and senior housing, Town of Eatonville.

  • SHA sponsorship of Urban Studies Interns, U of W, Tacoma-feasibility analysis of proposed clinic and senior housing, Town of Eatonville

  • Lutheran Social Services sponsorship and successful submission for new construction 20 units HUD 202 senior housing, Town of Buckley

During years 2010 to 2015 SHA community development work focused on neighborhood improvement projects for the City of Tacoma and building connections to First Nation communities:

  • Start-up of Pacific Avenue Business District to include fund raising for decorative planters and youth soccer scholarships

  • Sponsorship of Samoan youth art class on principles of design and use of pastels for creation of shared collage images presented to District 4 TPD Liaison Officer

  • Joint sponsorship with Pacific Avenue Business District for recruitment of Artists to teach Sheridan Elementary school students mosaic art

  • Fiscal support for creation and installation of two “Little Bits” mosaics by Sheridan students on Pacific Avenue and the Moore Library

  • Recipient of Home Care License, Department of Health State of Washingtn

  • The years 2015 to 2020 involved a continued effort to reach out to First Nation communities of the Pacific Northwest, Indigenous Latin Americans and low-income Tacoma, Pierce County cities and unincorporated areas. The primary strategy for this approach has been to obtain resources to support multi-cultural artists, educational and employment programs within under served communities.

  • Grant submitted and approved by the Pierce County Arts Commission to convene acrylic painting classes for teens taught by Rene Julio

  • Technical assistance for year 02 Pierce County Arts Commission funding to convene acrylic painting classes at South Hill and Lakewood libraries.

  • Resource development for Centro Latino and Hilltop Latin Arts Festival and Juried Art Show

  • Project planning and fund development to support the Tacoma Public Library and Centro Latino sponsored Summer Film Camp

  • Grant support to convene 2020 Viral Summer Film Camp and Symposium produced by Create Films

  • Sponsorship of Create Films for Tacoma Pierce County Health Department “Culturally Grounded COVID-19 Communication Plan”

  • Recipient of CARES Act funding for 2021 Extended School programs to convene and support film-making classes and student Internships

  • Corporate sponsor for Create Films Tacoma Arts Commission funding for 2021 Summer Film Camp