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.