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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. At these sites couples are allowed to stay together and pets are allowed. Drugs and alcohol are not permitted onsite. Click here to view our most recent report of client outcomes at emergency shelter sites. 


To stay updated on our emergency shelters, join our email listserv.




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.



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

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 will provide:
  • Up to 50 Shelter Units, serving 65 individuals
  • 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 T-Town Hall Meeting 

The City hosted a virtual town hall on June 4, 2020 to provide residents with more details about the project and hear questions and concerns. View the full town hall below in English or Spanish.



Due to the volume of questions, staff consolidated questions that were similar and provided answers.  To view questions and answers from the Town Hall, please click here.


To see the questions and comments as submitted by meeting attendees, please click here.


More information about LIHI micro-shelter operations can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions


TEMS Community Advisory Committee (CAC)


Community members are invited to join the Community Advisory Committee, which meets monthly to review operations and progress of the site, address questions, concerns and ideas from the public, and provide advisory input. All interested are welcome to apply.


Application review for the site CAC will begin on July 15, 2020. Monthly meetings are expected to begin in August 2020. 


Click here to view and complete an application. Completed applications or questions can be emailed to josh.castle@lihi.org


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 began in December 2019 and is anticipated to operate for eight months including setup and removal beginning.


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
  • Perimeter fencing and 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 are posted, as available.


TEMS CAC February 2020 Meeting Minutes 

TEMS CAC March 2020 Meeting Minutes

TEMS CAC April 2020 Meeting- Cancelled

TEMS CAC May 2020 Meeting- Cancelled

TEMS CAC June 2020 Meeting- Minutes pending approval


Upcoming CAC Meetings

The next CAC meeting has been rescheduled to occur on July 7, 2020 at 5 PM.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this meeting will have a virtual format. Please find log-in information below:


Topic: TEMS CAC Meeting
Time: July 7, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 872 5696 6468
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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:

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