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We encourage people to report encampment concerns through Tacoma FIRST 311 to ensure that we are aware and have record of activities. All requests are investigated by the City's Homeless Engagement Alternatives Liaison (HEAL) Team who determine the appropriate priority for removing active sites.

 

Report an Encampment in Tacoma

 

Priority Site Identification

The City is operating under a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision mandating we must provide shelter to individuals in encampments prior to performing a removal. While complying with court mandates and laws, we assign available staff and contracted resources to provide effective outreach to prioritize the removal of encampments throughout our community.  We prioritize based on:

  • Public safety calls for service
  • Requests through Tacoma FIRST 311 system
  • Accumulation of litter and debris
  • Size of the encampment
  • Overall community impact
  • Impact to any environmentally sensitive or critical areas
  • Any public work need that may be impacted by the existence of the encampment 

Outreach Services We Provide

The HEAL Team responds to community needs including:

  • Homelessness concerns
  • Building and supporting solutions that achieve a reduction in homelessness 
  • Increasing the sense of personal and neighborhood safety

This team is designed cross-functionally and engages staff from Neighborhood and Community Services, the Tacoma Police Department, Environmental Services and contracted mental health providers.

The team’s daily work consists of:

  • Conducting outreach to unauthorized encampments in the City of Tacoma. Outreach includes referrals to supportive services and shelters in Tacoma.
  •  Triaging homeless related service requests through 311; Tracking and recording all homeless related responses in 311 system.
  •  Monitoring cleanups of homeless encampments in collaboration with other City departments and contracted vendors.
  • Collecting and reporting data on cleanups and providing updated information on all personal belongings that have been collected and stored from encampment cleanups.
  • Serving as liaison to homeless service providers in the City.

2022 City Authorized Encampment Cleanups – Posted and In-Progress 

The City is consistently evaluating encampment locations throughout our community for removal.  We will or are performing encampment removals in the following locations:

 

2400 East M Street

Encampment Location

2400 East M Street

 

Date Posted

November 22, 2022

 

Date Removal Begins

December 2, 2022

 

Status of Process

Posted

8000 Hosmer

Encampment Location

8000 Hosmer Street

 

Date Posted

November 22, 2022

 

Date Removal Begins

December 2, 2022

 

Status of Process

Posted

 

Date  Number of Individuals Contacted Number of Individuals Accepting Resources  Pounds of Debris Removed  Possessions Stored 
November 23  5 1 4,380 pounds  

 

South Tacoma Way

Encampment Location

South Tacoma Way between S M Street and Pacific Ave

 

Date Posted

November 18, 2022

 

Date Removal Begins

December 2, 2022

 

Status of Process

Posted

26th Street and Pacific Avenue

Encampment Location

26th Street and Pacific Avenue

 

Date Posted

November 18, 2022

 

Date Removal Begins

December 2, 2022

 

Status of Process

Posted

East 38th Street - I-705 Entrance

Encampment Location

East 38th Street and I-705 Entrance

 

Date Posted

November 18, 2022

 

Date Removal Begins

December 13, 2022

 

Status of Process

Posted

34th to 35th Streets and Pacific Avenue

Encampment Location

34th to 35th Streets and Pacific Ave

 

Date Posted

November 1, 2022

 

Date Removal Began

November 15, 2022

 

Status of Process

Posted

 

Date  Number of Individuals Contacted Number of Individuals Accepting Resources  Pounds of Debris Removed  Possessions Stored 
November 23  12  12 10,600 pounds   
November 22 

8,100  pounds  
November 18  8 5 26,080 pounds  
November 15 14 2 7,480 pounds  

 

Planned Schedule for Posting of Areas where Camping and Storage of Personal Property are Prohibited Under Chapter 8.19 of the Tacoma Municipal Code

This schedule reflects a plan to visit and post notice of Chapter 8.19 of the Tacoma Municipal Code where camping and storage of personal property is prohibited.  Staff will post all encampments in a prohibited area and allow two weeks to elapse prior to commencing any enforcement. Encampments in prohibited waterways outside of otherwise prohibited zones will be addressed on a complaint basis.
This schedule will receive continued staff evaluation and may be updated and changed depending on factors including, but not limited to, resource allocation, changing environmental conditions, and emergent community needs.

 

Prohibited Area
(10-block radius around listed sites) 
Anticipated Posting Start Date  Anticipated date all encampments in area are posted  Anticipated Date Zone Sufficiently Noticed 
Mitigation Site at South 35th and Pacific
(3561 Pacific Avenue)
November 15, 2022   November 18, 2022 November 21, 2022.

Tacoma Stability Site*

(1423 Puyallup Avenue)

November 22, 2022   November 30, 2022  December 14, 2022

Bethlehem Baptist Church*

(4818 Portland Avenue)

December 6, 2022
December 9, 2022
December 23, 2022 
Rise Center Emergency Stabilization Shelter*
(2135 MLK Jr. Way)
January 3, 2023
January 6, 2023  January 20, 2023 
Altheimer Memorial Church**
(1121 S. Altheimer)
January 10, 2023
January 13, 2023  January 27, 2023 
Shiloh Baptist Church**
(1211 S. I Street) 
January 10, 2023  January 13, 2023  January 27, 2023 
Tacoma Emergency Micro-Shelter Site #3
(602 N. Orchard)
January 17, 2023
January 20, 2023  February 3, 2023
Aspen Court
(8620 S. Hosmer)
January 24, 2023
January 27, 2023  February 10, 2023 
Mitigation Site at South 82nd and Pacific***
(8208 Pacific Avenue)
January 31, 2023
February 3, 2023
February 17, 2023
Tacoma Emergency Micro-Shelter Site #4***
(3860 S. 69th Street)
February 7, 2023  February 10, 2023  February 24, 2023

 

*Areas not already addressed by 35th and Pacific posting

**Areas not already addressed by 23rd and MLK posting

***Areas not already addressed by Aspen Court posting

 

Emergent Postings and Removals

 Location Date Posted Start Date of Cleanup Completed Cleanup
8000 Block of Hosmer November 22, 2022  November 23, 2022   
2400 Block East M. Street November 22, 2022 November 29, 2022  


 

2022 City Authorized Encampment Cleanups – Completed

 

G and Altheimer Streets between 11th and 15th

Encampment Location

G and Altheimer Streets between 11th and 15th

 

Date Posted

September 27, 2022

 

Date Removal Began

October 25, 2022

 

Status of Process

In Process

 

Date  Number of Individuals Contacted Number of Individuals Accepting Resources  Pounds of Debris Removed  Possessions Stored 
Total  44 26 45,000 pounds  
November 15  3 1,600 pounds  
November 4  7,180 pounds  
November 2  5 2,060 pounds  
November 1  8 8 6,320 pounds  
October 28     3,980 pounds  
October 27 0 0 3,400 pounds  
October 26 0  4,200 pounds  
October 25  25  12  7,300 pounds  

 

South 19th to 21st Streets and Yakima Avenue

Encampment Location

South 19th to 21st Streets and Yakima Avenue

 

Date Posted

October 18, 2022

 

Date Removal Began

October 21, 2022

 

Status of Process

Completed

 

Date Number of Individuals Contacted  Number of Individuals Accepting Resources  Pounds of Debris Removed   Possession Stored  
Total 7  0  5,100 pounds No 
October 27  0 0 0
October 26  7 0 5,100 pounds  

 

South J Street Between 4th and 5th Streets

Encampment Location

South J Street Between 4th and 5th Streets

 

Date Posted

October 11, 2022

 

Date Removal Began

October 14, 2022

 

Status of Process

Complete

 

Date Number of Individuals Contacted  Number of Individuals Accepting Resources Pounds of Debris Removed Possessions Stored
 October 14 4 0  4,560 pounds  
 October 21 0 2  2,200  
Total  4  2  6,760 pounds   

 

 

15th Street to 18th Street and Yakima and 8th Street and Yakima

Encampment Location

15th Street to 18th Street and Yakima and 8th Street and Yakima

 

Date Posted

September 21, 2022

 

Date Removal Began

September 27, 2022

 

Status of Process

Completed

 

Date Number of Individuals Contacted Number of Individuals Accepting Resources Pounds of Debris Removed Possessions Stored
 Total  19  16  17,640 Pounds   
October 7 0 0  1,540 pounds  
September 30 0 0  3,320 pounds   
September 29 0 2  3,660 pounds  
 September 28 0 3  2,220 pounds  
September 27  19  11  5,040 pounds  

 

 

56th and Madison Street

Encampment Location

56th and Madison Street

 

Date Posted

August 30, 2022

 

Date Removal Began

September 13, 2022

 

Status

Complete - September 28, 2022

 

Date Number of Individuals Contacted Number of Individuals Accepting Resources Pounds of Debris Removed Possessions Stored
 Total  5 4  31,630 pounds   No
September 28 0 0  3,060 pounds   
September 21 0 2  5,100 pounds   
September 20 0 2  1,080 pounds  
 September 15 0 0  4,080 pounds  
September 14 0 0  6,310 pounds   
September 13 5 0  4,330 pounds  

 

 

 

 

Burlington Street from 48th to 56th streets

Encampment Location

Burlington Street from 48th to 56th streets

 

Date Posted

August 16, 2022

 

Date Removal Began

September 13, 2022

 

Status of Process

Complete 

 

Date Number of Individuals Contacted Number of Individuals Accepting Resources Pounds of Debris Removed Possessions Stored
Total  8 7 42,910 pounds 
 No
September 28 0 0 5,800 pounds 
 
September 21 0 1 7,400 pounds    
September 20 0 2 14,660 pounds
 
September 15 0 1 2,180 pounds   
September 14  0 0 4,330 pounds
 
September 13 8 2,480 pounds  

 

Center Street between Steele Street to Hosmer Street

Encampment Location

Center Street between Steele Street to Hosmer Street

 

Date Posted

August 16, 2022

 

Date Removal Began

August 23, 2022

 

Status

Completed - September 9, 2022

 

Number of Individuals Contacted

22 people

 

Number of Individuals Accepting Services

12

 

Pounds of Debris Removed

41,020 pounds

 

Materials Stored

No

7th and Tacoma Ave

Encampment Location

7th and Tacoma Ave

 

Date Posted

July 13, 2022

 

Date Removal Began

July 20, 2022

 

Date Completed

July 29, 2022

 

Number of Individuals Contacted

36

 

Number of Individuals Accepting Resources

13

 

Pounds of Debris Removed

15,510 lbs.

 

Materials Stored

No

 

 

11 St. Bridge

Encampment Location

11 St. Bridge

 

Date Posted

June 14, 2022

 

Date Removal Began

July 12, 2022

 

Date Completed

 

 

Number of Individuals Contacted

 

 

Number of Individuals Accepting Resources

 

 

Pounds of Debris Removed

32,360 lbs.

 

Materials Stored

No

 

Milwaukee Way

Encampment Location

Milwaukee Way

 

Date Posted

June 14, 2022

 

Date Removal Began

June 21, 2022

 

Date Completed

July 27, 2022

 

Number of Individuals Contacted

 

Number of Individuals Accepting Resources

 

Pounds of Debris Removed

 

Materials Stored

No

 

South 6th and M Street

Encampment Location

South 6th and M Street

 

Date Posted

May 25, 2022

 

Date Removal Began

June 1, 2022

 

Date Completed

 

Number of Individuals Contacted

 

Number of Individuals Accepting Resources

 

Pounds of Debris Removed

 

Materials Stored

No

 

East 11th Street and Hylebos Bridge

Encampment Location

East 11th Street and Hylebos Bridge

 

Date Posted

May 24, 2022

 

Date Removal Began

May 27, 2022

 

Date Completed

 

Number of Individuals Contacted

 

Number of Individuals Accepting Resources

 

Pounds of Debris Removed

 

Materials Stored

No

 

South 9th and South 11th Streets between MLK and M Streets

Encampment Location

South 9th and South 11th Streets between MLK and M Streets

 

Date Posted

May 4, 2022

 

Date Removal Began

May 18, 2022

 

Date Completed

 

Number of Individuals Contacted

 

Number of Individuals Accepting Resources

 

Pounds of Debris Removed

 

Materials Stored

No

 

E. 26th Street Bridge

Encampment Location

E. 26th Street Bridge

 

Date Posted

March 22, 2022

 

Date Removal Began

March 28, 2022

 

Date Completed

March 29, 2022

 

Number of Individuals Contacted

 

Number of Individuals Accepting Resources

 

Pounds of Debris Removed

 

Materials Stored

No

 

South J St to South 7th to South 13th Streets

Encampment Location

South J St to South 7th to South 13th Streets

 

Date Posted

March 8, 2022

 

Date Removal Began

March 22, 2022

 

Date Completed

March 24, 2022

 

Number of Individuals Contacted

22

 

Number of Individuals Accepting Resources

6

 

Pounds of Debris Removed

15,500 lbs.

 

Materials Stored

No

 

South 2nd and Tacoma Ave

Encampment Location

South 2nd and Tacoma Ave

 

Date Posted

March 1, 2022

 

Date Removal Began

March 8, 2022

 

Date Completed

March 10, 2022

 

Number of Individuals Contacted

 

Number of Individuals Accepting Resources

 

Pounds of Debris Removed

 

Materials Stored

No

 

I-705 and A Street

Encampment Location

I-705 and A Street

 

Date Posted

January 28, 2022

 

Date Removal Began

February 4, 2022

 

Date Completed

 

Number of Individuals Contacted

 

Number of Individuals Accepting Resources

 

Pounds of Debris Removed

 

Materials Stored

No

 

E. 72nd and I Street

Encampment Location

E. 72nd and I Street

 

Date Posted

January 26, 2022

 

Date Removal Began

February 1, 2022

 

Date Completed

 

Number of Individuals Contacted

 

Number of Individuals Accepting Resources

 

Pounds of Debris Removed

 

Materials Stored

No

 

2nd and G Street

Encampment Location

2nd and G Street

 

Date Posted

January 11, 2022

 

Date Removal Began

January 18, 2022

 

Date Completed

 

Number of Individuals Contacted

 

Number of Individuals Accepting Resources

 

Pounds of Debris Removed

 

Materials Stored

No

 

City of Tacoma Storage Policy

The City of Tacoma Storage Policy outlines how personal property is managed during an encampment removal.


If items were stored, they will be kept at 1423 Puyallup Avenue (unless the owner of the items is otherwise notified) and an appointment to access items may be made by calling 3-1-1 and indicating that you wish to retrieve stored items.