UNSHELTERED: Myths, Critical Issues & More

We are the SS4A Campaign Media Workgroup, an informal subcommittee of the Steering Committee of the Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness. Our goal with this website is to provide free information about homelessness to support the effort to end homelessness in our county.

Although most people want to end or at least work to reduce the effects of homelessness, most are also confused about many aspects of homelessness, including:

⭐️The leading causes of homelessness

⭐️Who people experiencing homelessness really are and what they need

Homelessness is the problem, not the people experiencing homelessness. We believe we need to change the ways we think and talk about this crisis and those experiencing it. Public perception influences public policy. To make the changes we need to support Pierce County’s 2021 Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness, we must address the myths, stereotypes and misconceptions which will persist in the absence of truth. We must identify the critical issues facing the unsheltered so we can focus solutions in the right places.

We’re posting the truth about these widely held misconceptions, to combat the interests which have a stake in perpetuating them, we’ll be bringing out the most critical issues faced by people experiencing homelessness so our solutions can clearly address them, and we’ll be providing materials that can be used in a variety of ways in public education.

To join or learn more about the our group, please e-mail Theresa Power-Drutis, tpdrutis@nctacoma.org, or Laurie Davenport at lauriedavenportart@gmail.com.

The images used in these posts are free use images by Laurie Davenport.

Pierce County 2021 Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness

The Pierce County Council created the Comprehensive Plan to End Homelessness Ad Hoc Committee to facilitate further planning to help end homelessness in Pierce County through Resolution 2021-30s. Two groups were formed from this committee – the Steering Committee to End Homelessness and the Shelter Work group.

The Steering Committee to End Homelessness is made up of members of the community who are developing a comprehensive plan for consideration by the County Council in November 2021. The plan will outline steps, participants, timelines, process and resource needs to end homelessness in Pierce County.

The Shelter Work Group is comprised of homeless service providers, advocates, and city representatives from across the community. The ambitious goal set for the work group is to build and implement a plan to end street homelessness by November 1, 2021. This shelter plan will comprise one part of the comprehensive plan created by the steering committee.

We are actively gathering feedback from the community. For more information about homelessness in Pierce County and to provide feedback by taking a short survey, please click here:


Safe Parking

The Safe Parking Network is a new program in Pierce County supporting families and individuals experiencing homelessness while living in their vehicle. Sites will be identified, set up and managed through local partnerships and collaboration with faith-based organizations, non-profits and government programs. Guests will be provided a safe place to sleep and stabilize while also quickly getting connected to needs services and assistance. The ultimate goal of the SPN is to connect families and individuals to permanent housing and get them out of their vehicles.

Click here to go to the Safe Parking page on the website of the Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness: