City seeks ideas about homeless assistance


The City of Tacoma invites nonprofit providers to submit innovative ideas regarding the creation of life-changing opportunities for individuals who are currently experiencing homelessness.

Through engagement with nonprofits, the City’s goal is to connect individuals experiencing homelessness to innovative housing programs paired with services to facilitate their path to stability and independence. This may include connections to supportive services and employment programs.

On May 9, 2017, the Tacoma City Council had passed Ordinance 28430, declaring a state of public health emergency, in response to the growing concentrations of people living in encampments in Tacoma. The City then implemented a three-phased Emergency Temporary Aid and Sheltering Plan.

On Dec. 12, 2017, the Tacoma City Council passed Ordinance No. 28477, amending Ordinance 28430 to extend the declaration of a state of public health emergency, which would have otherwise ended on Dec. 31, 2017, to Dec. 31, 2018.

More information regarding the City’s efforts to respond to the challenges faced by individuals experiencing homelessness is available online.

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