Tacoma’s Mayor Talks About Helping the Homeless

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Like many cities around here, Tacoma is trying to deal with a growing homeless population.

About 500 people are living in an estimated 50 encampments in vacant lots and underpasses or sleeping in their cars parked on city streets on any given night.

Tuesday night, the city council passed two ordinances that are supposed to help.

One of the measures makes it clear that it's illegal to pitch tents on public property. The other ordinance reduces the amount of time people can car-camp in one spot – from one week, down to three days.

On the KOMO Midday News (weekdays 1-3pm) Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland talked about the new measures and what the city is trying to do.

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