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A person seats between tents belonging to homeless people who were removed from an encampment on East 9th Street earlier this week and have relocated a block adjacent to Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan in New York City, U.S., April 8, 2022. REUTERS/David ‘Dee’ Delgado

Homelessness is an important issue, there are many people who are left without proper shelter. The reasons for homelessness can be for expense issues, abuse, addiction and substance abuse, and more. In 2021, it was estimated that 3,300 people were homeless. Across the county there are 998 emergency shelter beds and 15 safe parking units. This leaves 2,287 people without shelter every night. According to the facts of March 2022 Pierce County Data, 191 people suggested that they were sleeping in Lakewood. 67% of those people were permanent residents of Lakewood. 256 people lived in Lakewood before becoming homeless. If you would like to read more information about homelessness in Lakewood click here. The link will also show you programs that will give assistance.

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    DPrmMar 30, 2024 at 6:34 am

    This article is shameful! When was the last time you drove through Lakewood? Lakewood has a pretty tough stance on homelessness, they are contacted and brought to Tacoma where there is services because Lakewood don’t! There are no tents all over the place like
    PARKLAND SPANAWAY or Tacoma or resourced because of the moratorium in Lakewood. I have participated in several homless counts most most of the people that are out there DONT want the help, dont want to follow rules or law. If we ate going to fix this problem that was created by the elected leaders we have to ge honest! This article has inflated numbers, let’s face it Washington State is a dumping grounds for other states because of our elected leaders, it is common practice for one city or municipalities to send homless to another close city or unincorporated area why MONEY! TAX PAYER MONEY!! we are not going to buy our way our of this we beef to.pur back common sense laws rules an apply them. Prosecutors need to.prosecute judges need to sentence and the handcuffs need to be taken OFF the law abiding citzens and PUT in the criminals, law breakers and yes drug addicts to get them in to a place for help!
    That is the truth!

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      JBrewerApr 9, 2024 at 11:02 am

      have you walked through lakewood town center?

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