Homelessness and Affordable Housing
It’s no secret that Tacoma has a homelessness problem and it’s not going to go away until we face the problem head on with viable solutions. There are a myriad of reasons why someone may become unhoused or at risk of homelessness and underlying causes stem from lack of affordable housing, unemployment or insufficient income, domestic violence, and addiction and mental illness with lack of services. We must not ignore the direct correlation between the needs of social services and resources and the rising rents and homelessness.
As rents increase, more and more residents are finding themselves displaced and/or living without shelter. Victims of domestic violence, families, veterans, couples, pet owners, immigrants, youth, people living with addiction or mental illness have an even harder time finding shelters and housing that can accommodate their needs.
Together, we will attack each issue separately with short and long-term economic, public health and cultural strategies as well as policy changes that will address the root causes of homelessness.