Accomplishments

 
  • Keith led efforts to create an Immigrant Legal Defense fund to support our neighbors who have been detained in the Northwest Detention Center.

  • Keith led and supported efforts to create Tacoma’s Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Commission.

  • Keith led efforts to make it easier for faith based organizations to help with the homelessness crisis by establishing temporary shelter sites.

  • Keith led efforts to ensure that Project PEACE is funded and remains a priority for our city.

    • Due to Project PEACE, our police officers are having more positive engagements with young people in our neighborhoods and schools. 

    • The City of Tacoma’s latest Proposed Budget now includes $500,000 to further the implementation of Project PEACE action items.

  • Keith helped secure funding to enhance Community Healthcare’s capacity to serve more District 3 residents.

  • Keith helped to secure funding to establish the Hilltop Engagement Committee -which will help design the streetscape on Martin Luther King Junior Way.

  • Keith advocated and helped secure funding for the Link Light Rail expansion.

  • Keith led efforts for the City of Tacoma to develop its Affordable Housing Action Strategy with measurable and achievable goals.

    • Since then, the City has committed to establishing an Affordable Housing Trust Fund and will work with contractors from the public and private sector to build 1000 affordable units every year for the next ten years. 

  • Keith led efforts to help individuals who were displaced from the Tiki apartments by working with community advocates, council members and city staff to establish stronger tenant protections.

  • Keith advocated and secured funding to provide public Wi-Fi along the Hilltop Light Rail expansion route -which helps to provide internet access to neighborhoods with high barriers to internet services.

  • Keith worked to ensure that residential streets in District 3 are not neglected. Since 2016, over a third of the streets that have been repaved by the City of Tacoma are in District 3.

  • Keith secured funding to have a study conducted to assess the racial disparities regarding access to city contracts and opportunities.

    • Based on the findings of the study, the City of Tacoma will be working to draft policies and change procedures that have historically created barriers for women and people of color to obtain access to city contracts.

  • Keith led efforts to improve our Local Enterprise Apprenticeship Program -which will help individuals get training to secure careers in the building and construction trades.

  • Keith helped secure funding to enhance South Tacoma Way’s streetscape. 

  • Keith worked with Tacoma Public Utilities to improve and expand their utility assistance program -which helps low income families, seniors and people with disabilities pay their utility bills.

  • Keith worked on the establishment of a Remote Library Program in partnership with organizations in the Hilltop and the Eastside to expand access to programming, books, media, Wi-Fi hotspots, and tablets.