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Shelters and Resources

Homelessness Affects Families, Women and Men of All Ages

Veterans, people of color and people who identify as LGBTQ are affected at higher levels.

Tacoma currently has four overnight shelters that operate year-round for adults and families experiencing homelessness. Together they can accept up to 312 adults and 163 families a day.

A staggering 100 to 150 individuals and 100 families a day seeking shelter are turned away because the shelters are already full. Those individuals and families often end up sleeping in cars or in open spaces. 

 

Available Shelters in the Tacoma Area

Tacoma has several shelters available for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness: 

For more information about how you can help, visit the shelters websites above.

 

 

Inclement Weather Information

Between November 1 and March 31, shelters for people experiencing homelessness in Tacoma expand services during inclement weather. The number of people the shelters are able to serves increases from 481 beds to 677 beds on nights that meet inclement weather criteria.
 
The standard for declaring inclement weather in Tacoma is a temperature of 35 degrees Fahrenheit with rain and/or wind or 32 degrees Fahrenheit. When those weather incidents occur the shelters are committed to expanding their operations with a goal to not turn anyone who is seeking shelter away on freezing nights.