City Council Public Testimony on TCT Permits

This is a video of the public testimony delivered on April 1, 2014, at the Tacoma City Council meeting regarding use permits needed to set up a tent city.

It began with John Harrington from the city Planning and Development Services Department giving a presentation. Councilwoman Walker said a few words in support of […]

March 17th Work Coordinators’ Meeting Is Canceled

Our March 17th TCT Coordinators’ meeting has been canceled so we can attend the Neighbor and Housing Committee meeting. This is actually a meeting of a standing subcommittee of the City Council. Harry will make presentation about what the proposed ordinance calls THCs. (Temporary Homeless Camps). Although TCT coordinators can attend, we may not be […]

Talk of Tent City Is Back

By Kathleen Merryman Tuesday, June 18, 2013 Reprinted from The Tacoma Weekly §

Tacomans Are Once Again Discussing a Tent City

Attribution: Tent City & Cycle Oregon 2012

We had this conversation a decade ago, when street activist Hank Montgomery confronted the needs of homeless people – and all the people who were trying […]

A Tent City in Tacoma, Part 1

This is Part 1 of a 2-part series. Click here to see Part 2 Editor

Have you ever pondered on the homeless and how they fit in the society we have now? The plain answer is that they do not fit in. Homeless people are forced to live on the fringes of […]

A Tent City in Tacoma, Part 2

This is the second in a series of articles on a tent city for Tacoma. The first can be found by clicking here. Based on my past experiences in tent cities, a Tacoma Tent City could well be organized and governed as follows:

Camp Organization

The responsibility of electing leadership […]

Tent City Tacoma Kick-Off: First Public Informational Meeting

Thanks to Vince Hart for writing the original draft that you’re now reading, and thanks to Patricia for proofreading the leaflet based on Vince’s draft.—editor


For several months, Occupy Tacoma (OT) activists and various homeless advocates have been gathering data, seeking out resources, identifying […]

Latest Nickelsville News & Appeal For Support

Woodstock Buzz came to our Monday GA to announce great news for Seattle’s Nickelsville, a long-term homeless tent city in Seattle. The GA face-to-face attendees asked that this story appear on the Occupy Tacoma website.

The City of Seattle has ordered Nickelsville to abandon their encampment by September 1 and has […]