So what is the County doing about this?
We are in partnership with the City of Tacoma to open a young adult center, never done before in this county. We are currently doing a review of services throughout the county. Our Street Outreach teams are working to assess the unsheltered people to help make appropriate referrals. We have worked with shelter and housing providers in support of a coordinated entry program, a one stop shop for people to find out where there is availability for shelter and housing. Our shelter system, both Cities and County, operates a total pf 927 shelter beds, 405 of which are seasonal (cold weather months – November thru March). We have at least twice that number of homeless. There is not enough housing or shelter beds for everyone who sleeps outside. That answers the question, “Why do we see so many people on the streets?” We need to do more. I will be supporting our staff in developing a strategic Work Plan for addressing unsheltered homelessness. We will bring together stakeholders engaged in addressing homelessness – whether directly, such as housing providers, or indirectly, such as law enforcement, emergency services and community residents.
Why is this my last e-blast until December? Our County code states that during a campaign year, we may not mail either by regular mail or electronic mail, to a constituent at public expense. This includes a letter, newsletter, brochure, or other piece of literature. However, I will still be available by phone, email, or letter. And I am also able to attend any community meetings to talk about County issues. Please feel free to contact my office.
District 4 Pierce County Council