'It's just making everything worse': Residents criticize Tacoma’s repeated encampment removals

Tacoma has seen a significant increase of encampment removals since 2021, but some say the approach may be counterproductive to dealing with homelessness.

TACOMA, Wash. — Theresa Power-Drutis has been living in her Tacoma neighborhood on South G Street for over 40 years. While she’s seen the city change, one thing has remained constant: everyone has been welcomed, including campers and people who were unhoused.

But now she says it’s been hard to maintain that balance in recent months, and the city’s recent round of encampment sweeps aren’t helping.

“We had a fragile balance of community, we had unhoused people, housed people, service providers,

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