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City Authorized Emergency Shelter Sites

City Authorized Emergency Shelter Sites

City Authorized Emergency Shelter sites are permitted under the Declaration of State of Public Health Emergency. The City contracts with experienced emergency shelter providers to operate the sites, which include basic amenities, fencing, shelter, hand washing stations, garbage services, bathroom facilities, electricity and potable water.

City-Authorized Emergency Shelter Sites are low-barrier and provide a safer alternative to unauthorized encampments. These sites do not require background checks, couples are allowed to stay together and pets are allowed. Drugs and alcohol are not permitted onsite.


Stability Site

The Stability Site was launched in 2017 as an emergency response to the growing health and safety concerns created by homeless encampments in Tacoma for those living in and around them. The Stability Site accepts men, women and couples, and allows participants to keep their pets with them on site. Individuals are referred from encampments to the Stability Site by The Rescue Mission’s outreach team and the Tacoma Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team.

The Stability Site has proven to be a successful model with 39 percent of its
participants transitioning to housing. The City and its operator believe that success can be contributed to the 24-hours-7-day-a-week model and having partner organizations provide resources and service at the site.


Read more about client outcomes by viewing our most recent site reports. 


Tacoma Emergency Micro-Shelters (TEMS) Site - 60th and McKinley


Thursday, June 4
6 -7:30 PM


Join City staff, Mayor Victoria Woodards and Council Members Chris Beale and Catherine Ushka for a Virtual T-Town Hall to talk about the new TEMS location. This is an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns and get more information.


Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

To join, please go to https://bit.ly/2AKb0xD
Password: 768156


Or join by phone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799

Webinar ID: 832 6811 2678
International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kqEN5kF0Q


The City of Tacoma is working with Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) and the Low-Income Housing Institute (LIHI) to relocate and expand the Tacoma Emergency Micro Shelter Site to a THA owned property located at 60th and McKinley through 2021.

The site would provide:
  • Up to 50 Shelter Units
  • The City is assessing the site to determine additional shelter capacity. 
  • Basic human amenities including restrooms, garbage services, handwashing stations and drinking water. 
  • The property will be fenced and have 24-hour security with on-site management provided by the Low-Income Housing Institute (LIHI)
TEMS Community Advisory Committee


LIHI will re-establish a community advisory committee in accordance with the standard operating guidelines of the site. More information will be shared soon.


Tacoma Emergency Micro-Shelters (TEMS) Site - 802 MLK

The City of Tacoma established an emergency micro-shelters (TEMS) site at 802 Martin Luther King Junior Way. The project is anticipated to operate for eight months including setup and removal beginning in December 2019.


The project is in response to the health and safety concerns caused by the growing encampment at People's Park.


The site provides:

  • 22 Emergency Micro-Shelters
  • Shelter for up to 35 individuals experiencing homelessness
  • Basic human amenities including portable toilets, garbage services, hand washing stations and drinking water
  • The property will be fenced and have 24-hour security with on-site management provided by the Low-Income Housing Institute (LIHI)

To learn more about resident outcomes at the TEMS site, read our most recent site services report.


Ongoing Engagement Opportunities:


TEMS Community Advisory Committee

The TEMS site Community Advisory Group (CAC) will help ensure that the TEMS site runs successfully and respects the surrounding neighborhood. CAC meetings are open to the public and all community members are invited to participate. Meeting minutes will also be made available to the public.


TEMS CAC February 2020 Meeting Minutes 

TEMS CAC March 2020 Meeting 

The meeting will be virtual on March 24, 2020, from 5-6 PM.


This event has a video call with Zoom Meeting. Join the meeting by clicking this link:



Meeting ID: 592 529 596
Password: 764554
One tap mobile:

+13462487799,,592529596# US (Houston)

+16699006833,,592529596# US (San Jose)


Community Meeting Information:

A public meeting about the project was hosted by the City and its partners at the Tacoma Public Library Main Branch (1102 Tacoma Ave. South) on December 4, 2019. Below are materials and resources shared at the meeting:

To stay informed about project updates, please join our listserv


If you have questions or concerns, please contact us by email or call (253) 591-5015. 



Contact Us

Allyson Griffith

NCS Assistant Director


(253) 591-5119