Tacoma City Council - Oct. 16, 2007

City Council had a full day today. The study session mid-day was exceptionally long, but council members were alert and on time for their evening session. They made quick work of the light agenda. Several contract were awarded and the Washington Conservation Corps were granted budgeted money to continue their work.

The Council heard from the Director of Faith Homes in order to authorize a change in the mission of their organization that was based on a request from DSHS. Faith House has shifted from a group home for girls dependent on the state ages 12-17, to 50% crisis beds for youths whose families are in crisis and 50% HOPE beds for youths who are homeless as a result of family crisis. The shift brings the first crisis beds to Tacoma and Pierce County, and was well received. Because Faith House utilizes funds from the City, Council was asked to approve the shift in purpose.

The Council also approved a new Sister City arrangement tonight. Fresh from a Sister City visit in South Korea, the Mayor enthusiastically supported the resolution. As a result of a citizen committee lead by Heather Tucci-Jarraf, El Jadida, Morocco, was approved as Tacoma’s eleventh Sister City tonight.

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