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.
A Humane, Realistic and Holistic Approach
During the current biennium the City has invested $6.4 million in homelessness service contracts, inclement weather services and encampment cleanups to help connect people who are experiencing homelessness with community services through outreach and to help promote community health and safety.
Tacoma has several shelters available for individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness:
For more information about how you can help click on the shelter's link above.
Inclement Weather Information
Between Nov. 1 and March 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.
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