Affordable Housing & Homelessness

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What is affordable housing? What does homeless look like in our community?

Tumwater is a great place to live, work, and play. As community leaders, we want Tumwater to be a city for all people. 

The Mayor and City Council are exploring how to address the needs of homeless, those at risk of homelessness and prevention of homelessness. Equally important is providing support for those at risk of losing housing and expanding the availability of affordable housing in Tumwater.

At the second worksession of each month, the Council will include a presentation and discussion related to housing and homelessness issues. Council worksession agendas and minutes are available online.

Community Survey: Homelessness & Housing

The City recently conducted a community survey to measure community awareness of homelessness in Tumwater. Survey results indicated that homelessness is seen as a problem by most residents. Many survey participants that supported helping people in need stated it was a civic duty that benefits the community, and something should be done to help children and families.

Collaborative Approach

Consultant Paul Knox, Long Range Planning Manager Brad Medrud, and cIty staff are working with community partners, local agencies and interfaith organizations to provide the Council with information, resources and activities that could improve and expand housing solutions for low income and homeless residents in Tumwater. 

Studies, Plans and Municipal Code