A Farewell, and the Future of the Hilltop

As 2013 comes to a close, so does my six month contract with the Hiltop Action Coalition. It has been an amazing experience to work with such a passionate and dedicated group of individuals as those who make up the board of directors of the organization. I plan on remaining active with HAC as a volunteer as well as continuing to serve as a co-block leader in my neighborhood.

Over the last six months, I've seen our community come together and mobilize in ways that have not been seen in decades, and sincerely hope that continues.

While the Hilltop is one of, if not the safest community in the City of Tacoma, we can not afford to become complacent and allow our neighborhood to backslide. We must remember and honor our history in order to move forward. We still have work to do.

The biggest and best resource we have is each other; our friends, neighbors and community members. Through knowing, looking out for and working with each other, we can keep our community safe and vibrant.

An example of this occurred not long ago on S Ainsworth St. I received messages through the HAC FB page regarding a band of youth and young adults roaming the street casing vehicles. In addition to calling the activity in to the police department, neighbors were emailing and texting each other with updates and information. Due to the diligence of these neighbors, arrests were made and at least one stolen GPS unit was recovered that very night.

I urge everyone to become involved on their block and in their neighborhood. This can mean anything from getting to know and sharing information with your neighbors to becoming a block leader. If you want to see HAC do more, please consider becoming a member of the board of directors. As a volunteer run organization, an active, vibrant and diverse board is vital.

Community meetings are held every 3rd Monday of the month at 6:00 PM in the community room at the new Community Health Care Center located at 1202 Martin Luther King Jr Way. These are not meetings where you sit and listen, but where you have a chance to speak, set the agenda and get the answers, tools and resources you need from local officials and organizations.

Our neighborhood was reclaimed from gangs and violence in the 1980's, block by block, by people just like you who refused to accept what had become the status quo; they personally worked hard and demanded that the City of Tacoma take action.

Hilltop is a true melting pot, built by hard working immigrants from all over the world who were searching for the American Dream. Today it remains one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city.

By working together, we can ensure that our neighborhood is a safe, healthy and diverse place for people from all walks of life to live, work and play.

Respectfully and Hopefully,

L. Lisa Lawrence, outgoing Community Coordinator.
HaThe Gift of a Safe Community-HAC Needs Your Help!

Campaign ends Tomorrow!!!, Dec 31st...

There is still time to help HAC continue its work and get a tax deduction for 2013.

HAC still needs YOUR help to continue the work we have been doing on the Hilltop for the last 20 years.

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The Gift of a Safe Community-HAC Needs Your Help!

After twenty years of serving the Hilltop, the Hilltop Action Coalition (HAC) needs your support to continue its work!

Over the past 20 years, the Hilltop Action Coalition has served Tacoma’s Hilltop community through responding to needs in our community, working towards sustainability though a a community resilience project, hosting outreach events, providing educational meetings, supporting and organizing block watch groups and advocating for the community. This has been made possible by generous support from individuals like you/organizations like yours.

This Hilltop Action Coalition is a volunteer run organization. 

Foundation and government grants are drying up.  We are in need of funds to continue to support our mission, our community and our neighborhood.

Your tax deductible donation will help us continue to provide quality services and increase outreach efforts. In supporting the Hilltop Action Coalition, you join others in being a part of this important legacy of stewardship.

For more information on HAC, advocacy, services and this campaign and how you can help, you can visit this link...  Please share with those you know who may want/be able to help.

Monday, December 16th - Come Learn How To Keep Your Neighborhood Safe - NEW Meeting Location!

On Monday, December 16th  from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, please join us at our new meeting space at the Hilltop Regional Community Health Center for our monthly community meeting (formerly Area Wide Meeting)

This is a new, state of the art (and much larger) meeting space.

HAC board member Sue DeRome will be facilitating this meeting and will have all the information you need on how to become part of your block group or to form a block group of your own.

You will also have opportunity to learn from and ask questions of other block leaders/community members.

In order to celebrate the season and make this a festive event, we are encouraging attendees to bring a dozen of their favorite holiday cookies.  We will provide beverages including hot spiced cider.

Our new location is:

Community Health Care Center
Martin Luther King Jr Way

Please join us.




[HAC president Jim Price, CHC  President/CEO David Flentge and HAC Community Coordinator Lisa Lawrence at last night's celebration]

Hilltop Regional Health Care Center Celebration

On Wednesday, December 11th, Community Health Care held a celebration of the opening of the new Hilltop Regional Health Center.

This state of the art facility, which is funded by grants and foundations earmarked for low-income areas, includes a medical and dental clinic, pharmacy and urgent care under one roof.  90% of the patients the center will serve come from low income backgrounds. The hope is up to 300 people will be served each day.

You can see a video news story on the center by clicking here


You Can Donate to HAC online with your Credit Card or PayPal

We've made it easy to support the work that the Hilltop Action Coalition has done over the last twenty years, by providing the following PayPay link.
PayPal is a secure, safe way to donate.

The Hilltop Action Coalition is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization, therefore, donations made to our organization are tax-deductible. For reference, our EIN is 20-8160894.

Huge Turnout for Community Meeting with Tacoma PD


On Monday, November 18th, over 150 community members, city officials and representatives from the Tacoma Police Department packed the Sector 1 substation on Tacoma's Hilltop to address concerns expressed by community members about a recent series of violent crimes committed on the Hilltop.

The meeting served two man purposes; the first, to give our community members a voice, a chance to be heard and to address their concerns directly to the Police and public officials. The second purpose was to allow direct dialog between community members, city officials and the police department to address the problems and seek solutions together.

All community members who wished to speak were able to address the the standing room only crowd which spilled out into the hallway and front of the substation. Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell and Lieutenant LeRoy Standifer answered questions inside. City Council member Lauren Walker who lives on and represents the Hilltop and City Manager T.C. Broadnax also addressed the crowd.

TPD Captain Shawn Gustason and city council member David Boe stayed outside with those who were unable to get in to the packed meeting to hear concerns and answer questions.

While the TPD can not give detailed information out on active investigations so as not to compromise them and to ensure successful prosecution, both the beating at 19th and MLK and the shooting in the vicinity of 17th and Ainsworth are being actively investigated and it is reported that progress is being made.


KIRO 7 News Coverage [video]

Tacoma News Tribune Coverage


We hope that the energy, and enthusiasm displayed at this meeting will carry over to our regular monthly meetings, held every 3rd Monday of the month from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

As was stated time and time again, by concerned neighbors and citizens, “We have to become involved” as echoed by Chief Ramsdell, “Public safety is not a spectator sport.”

Our next meeting, which will focus on block groups, individual citizen action and how everyone can be involved in making our neighborhood safe, will take place on Monday, December 16th at 6:00 PM. We hope to be in our new office space at the Hilltop Regional Community Health Care Clinic and to utilize the much larger public conference room.

Please join us.


TPD's Sector One Substaton Is Staffed (in response to recent online petition)

It has been brought to the attention of the Hilltop Action Coalition, that some well meaning members of our community have started an online petition asking Governor Jay Inslee to staff the "unmanned" Tacoma PD Sector One Substation.

While these folks mean well, and we are happy to see members of our community wanting to become involved, the information in their petition is not accurate. (nor do state officials make decisions on staffing levels of city police departments)

The substation, located at 1524 MLK Way is staffed and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

For more information on Sector One; you can check their website:

For more information on the work that has been being done in Tacoma since the 1980's as well as work that is currently being done, you can contact the Hilltop Action Coalition.

We will be posting a recap of last night's meeting very soon, as well as a list of community resources.

Our meeting next month, on December 16th, will ideally be in our new, much larger meeting space at the currently under construction Community Health Care Hilltop Regional Center and will focus on block groups and specific steps each neighborhood can take to keep our community of of the safest in Tacoma.