Homeless in Tacoma: A City Club of Tacoma Program
Photo credit: The Pierce Progressive,
The News Tribune Photo Essay by Matt Driscoll
– Editor’s note:
The Yelm city council was recently briefed by Chief Stancil on mitigating homelessness here in Yelm. And the issue of children in homeless families attending Yelm Community Schools has been discussed several times previously on this blog.
– “Amid booming economy, homelessness soars on US West Coast”
“That struggle is not Seattle’s alone. A homeless crisis of unprecedented proportions is rocking the West Coast, and its victims are being left behind by the very things that mark the region’s success: soaring housing costs, rock-bottom vacancy rates and a roaring economy that waits for no one. All along the coast, elected officials are scrambling for solutions.
‘I’ve got economically zero unemployment in my city, and I’ve got thousands of homeless people that actually are working and just can’t afford housing,’ said Seattle City Councilman Mike O’Brien. ‘There’s nowhere for these folks to move to. Every time we open up a new place, it fills up.’
The rising numbers of homeless people have pushed abject poverty into the open like never before and have overwhelmed cities and nonprofits. The surge in people living on the streets has put public health at risk, led several cities to declare states of emergency and forced cities and counties to spend millions – in some cases billions – in a search for solutions,” by the Associated Press via KIRO 97.3 FM radio, Seattle-Tacoma.