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Tacoma City Council - Sept. 18, 2007
The Tacoma City Council meeting was rather uneventful, but a few notes of interest:
- Pastor Ron Vignec was awarded a special recognition for his work in Tacoma’s Eastside with the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize
- Funds were allocated to the Small Innovative Grant Program for fulfillment of Neighborhood Council projects. The project list will be posted on the city website for you to look at projects in your neighborhood.
The most exciting discussion centered around the Housing First program. Two resolutions were approved in relation to the Housing First program budgets. Councilman Stenger raised questions about the success of the program because of low enrollment numbers. It was explained that although the original target was 100 housing units, about 40 were filled after one year of the program.
The deficiency was attributed to a lower number of people being served to begin with, the number of people who are eligible, and the number of people who want to be served. The revised goal for next year is 55. The Tacoma Rescue Mission has chosen not to participate in the program next year.
Does anyone know how well the Housing First program is working in combating encampments?
Thanks to Whitney Rhodes, who will be following City Council issues for Exit133.
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