Ruckus ensues over plan to ban tents in Tacoma parks. Lines drawn over safety vs. shelter
Tacoma Housing Authority executive director Michael Mirra also voiced support for the changes in a letter to City Council dated Sept. 8.“THA favors the proposal because it appears necessary to end the troublesome behavior associated with the encampments in the parks,” Mirra wrote. “In particular, THA and our neighbors on the Hilltop have struggled with the behavior in the encampment at People’s Park across the street from our main building.
“However, THA’s conditions its support upon the assumption that the city will provide alternate places for people who are homeless to live, shelter, or camp.”