Tacoma revisits camping ban on public property

More than 4,000 people have been homeless in Pierce County since July, leaving officials looking for solutions.

TACOMA, Wash. – The Tacoma City Council on Tuesday will consider a proposal to ban camping and storing personal items on public property within 10 blocks of shelters.

Last year, the city planned to consider a ban on camping on public land, but the proposal was scrapped over concerns about the number of people with personal property on public lands.

More than 4,000 people have been homeless in Pierce County since July, leaving officials looking for solutions.

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While not all homeless people are camping near shelters, Councilor John Hines, citing the new regulation, said in a press release that the proposal was in response to “a sharp rise in public health and safety concerns from community members regarding on these specific areas” is .”

There are currently six temporary shelters and one more nearing completion at 35th and Pacific Avenue. Hines said the city needs more, calling this new proposal a “starting point for broader conversations.”

He pointed to examples showing the drop in 911 calls from neighborhoods where a camp was being cleaned.

Hines acknowledged that there is not enough protection. In the proposal, he said the city must lead by example that shelters are safe. This allows the city to work with other neighborhoods to expand housing.

If the proposal goes through, violators could face misdemeanor charges.

The public is invited Tuesday noon to attend a study session where the proposal will be presented either in person at the church building or online.

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