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1 Mapping an end to homelessness… Courtesy of Colin DeForrest, City of Tacoma

2 According to the Pierce County Homeless Count in 2011 there are 2,068 homeless individuals (men, women, and children) in Pierce County. Around 250 of these individuals are chronically homeless Homelessness increased by 14.4% (+262) overall. (handout) Courtesy of Colin DeForrest, City of Tacoma

3 Started in 2006 City of Tacoma wanted to address the increasing problems associated with homeless encampments, which are unsafe, unsanitary open spaces found throughout the City. Housing First was identified as a solution to eliminating homeless encampments in a safe, efficient and humane manner. Courtesy of Colin DeForrest, City of Tacoma

4 Housing First is a nationally recognized “best practice” model that focuses on providing housing quickly and then offering other services when the client is ready. 2 agencies are funded to provide Housing First for the City of Tacoma (MDC, Greater Lakes MH) Since 2006 these agencies have served more than 100 of Tacoma’s most chronic homeless individuals. Courtesy of Colin DeForrest, City of Tacoma

5 1. Camps are identified and reported to the Homeless Services Manager or Encampment Hotline. 2. PATH Team is sent out to encampment area to make contact with the individuals and provide them resources/referrals. 3. Approximately 48 hours after PATH contacts Tacoma Police; they will visit the encampment and make sure individuals are moving along. 4. Community Service Work Crew comes in and cleans up the remains of the encampment. 5. Area is monitored for future activity. Courtesy of Colin DeForrest, City of Tacoma

6 Set up Encampment meetings in areas of concern Encampment Hotline –(handout) We rely on Community Collaboration Some of our partners include: Tacoma Police, Crime Free Housing, Tacoma Rail, Streets and Grounds, Community Service Work Crew, Planning, Environmental Services, PATH Team, Community Based Services (CBS), local businesses and neighborhoods. Courtesy of Colin DeForrest, City of Tacoma

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13 Partnering with Pierce County on the Implementation of the Strategic Plan to End Homelessness The Five Pillars The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/Building Changes, identified five “pillars” they believe will have the greatest impact on homeless families: The Five Pillars The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/Building Changes, identified five “pillars” they believe will have the greatest impact on homeless families: Prevention Coordinated entry Rapid re-housing Tailored services Economic opportunities Courtesy of Colin DeForrest, City of Tacoma

14 Tacoma-Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness/Continuum of Care (COC). Monthly meetings to discuss what is currently going on in Tacoma-Pierce County around homelessness Provides opportunities for learning, advocacy, funding, partnerships and resource sharing. COC will play a key role in future Funding of Homeless Services Project Homeless Connect (handout) Courtesy of Colin DeForrest, City of Tacoma

15 Partnering with Pierce County and other agencies to align City Policies and Planning to support the Strategic Plan to End Homelessness Everyone needs a place to live; the question is where?

16 How to use the environment to attract the intended users Courtesy of Kelly Crouch, City of Tacoma

17 Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design is composed of four basic elements Natural Surveillance Access Control Territoriality Activity Support Courtesy of Kelly Crouch, City of Tacoma

18 The ability to look across a piece of property and see the greatest distance. Crime is less likely to happen if criminals feel they will be observed. Examples: Keep shrubs trimmed, so they don’t block the view of hikers, joggers, etc. for at least 10 feet from the trail. Prune tree branches that hang below six feet and keep bushes pruned to below three feet. Install solar or low-energy-usage outdoor lighting along paths to provide greater opportunities for intended users to enjoy the paths. Courtesy of Kelly Crouch, City of Tacoma

19 Controlling entry and exit. Crime is less likely to happen if the criminal feels it will be hard to get in or that escape routes are blocked or observed by someone. When looking at pathways or trails is there a place you can place the trailhead where natural surveillance can take place? Can you place the trailhead near a building or street that is heavily traveled? Courtesy of Kelly Crouch, City of Tacoma

20 Making a psychological impression that someone cares about the property and will engage in its defense. Conveying territoriality is accomplished by posting signs, general cleanliness, high maintenance standards and the ability for intended users to feel comfortable using the space. Courtesy of Kelly Crouch, City of Tacoma

21 Increasing the presence of law-abiding citizens can decrease the opportunities for criminals. Making sure that the intended users are comfortable and have the perception of safety will greatly increase the likelihood of them coming and using the paths and trails often. Once that occurs the homeless camps and illegal activity will naturally decrease. Courtesy of Kelly Crouch, City of Tacoma

22 Everyone deserves to be housed… Courtesy of Kelly Crouch, City of Tacoma


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