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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.

Tacoma Emergency Micro-Shelters (TEMS) Site

The City of Tacoma is establishing 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 will provide:

  • 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)

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.

 

Currently, the CAC is seeking 7-10 individuals to join the committee. The priority deadline to apply as a CAC committee member is December 31, 2019. To apply, please complete and return an application.

 

Regular monthly meetings are anticipated to begin in January and set dates will be posted once finalized on this page once finalized.

 

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:

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If you have questions or concerns, please contact us by email or call (253) 591-2047. 

 

Contact Us

Erica Azcueta

NCS Program Manager 

Email

(253) 591-5015