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City of Puyallup

City of Puyallup Task Force on Homelessness

Addressing the Impacts of Homelessness

Thank you to all who attended and/or participated in the City of Puyallup Task Force on Homelessness meetings.  The Task Force's recommendations were presented to the Puyallup City Council on Tuesday, August 13th.  The Council voted unanimously to accept the recommendations and directed the City Manager to provide the Council with more information on how the recommendations might be enacted. 

Task Force Meeting Schedule

Public Hearings
The first public meeting was to take testimony on adult homelessness and its impacts in the City of Puyallup.  The second public hearing provided the community with an opportunity to review and weigh in on the task force's recommendations

Monday, June 10th -- 6:00pm - 7:30pm -- City Council Chambers
Thursday, July 25th
-- 6:00pm - 7:30pm -- City Council Chambers

Work Sessions
Monday, July 1st -- 5:00pm -- City Hall Conf Room #504
Monday, July 8th -- 5:00pm -- City Hall Conf Room #504
Monday, July 22nd -- 5:00pm -- City Hall Conf Room #504
Monday, July 29th -- 5:00pm -- City Hall Conf Room #504

Report to City Council
Tuesday, August 13th -- City Hall Council Chambers
About the Task Force on Homelessness
The task force was created in late-May and was tasked with crafting specific recommendations which address the negative impacts of the individual adult homeless population in the City of Puyallup. The recommendations are slated to be reviewed by the City Council on August 13th. The task force has been asked to consider the following directives:

  1. What are the current impacts of chronic/adult homelessness to various sectors of the community?
  2. What services are currently provided for homeless adults within the City of Puyallup, and do they include resources for substance abuse, mental health, etc.?
  3. In what ways could current homeless programs be changed to reduce impacts?
  4. Are there untapped partnerships that could decrease negative impacts?
  5. Should the current 48-hour exemption in the encampment ordinance be revisited and/or should other code amendments be enacted?

Task Force members include Puyallup Police Chief Bryan Jeter, Phil Dryden of Evergreen Escrow, Amy Schweim from Freezing Nights, Jim Jackson from Good Sam Mental Health and two citizen representatives – Zac Green and Patrick McGregor. The meeting will be facilitated by Troy Christensen of Making a Difference in Community. Troy is an experienced facilitator with a background in county level government.

FORMING THE TASK FORCE: Council Meeting Video Links

  • May 21 – Task Force Appointments (Item #23)
  • May 7 – Task Force Assignment Defined (Item #20)
  • April 16 – Introductory Discussion on Task Force Formation & Assignment (Item #7)

City Staff Contact:
Melanie Lane Harding
Community Relations Coordinator