Elusive homeless shelter for young adults might be headed to Tacoma senior center full-time
By Candice Ruud | March 13, 2018 08:00 AM
Michael Mirra sees a clear solution in the Beacon site at 415 S. 13th St. The executive director of the Tacoma Housing Authority is advocating for turning the senior center, which the city owns, into a permanent shelter and drop-in center for youth and young adults. If that happens, Mirra said the city could move the senior center programming to the People’s Community Center on the Hilltop.
“The city, I don’t think, has a reasonable prospect of finding a highly capable organization who would agree to take that contract over unless the city found a suitable facility for it, and we’re in a hurry now,” Mirra said. “The city has been looking for a long time for a site, and the proposal Tacoma Housing Authority has made that I just described will be faster and less expensive than continuing to look for another site.”