Pierce County diversifies approach to homelessness, including converting hotel to housing

Pierce County looks to end the year by adding more than 100 homeless shelter units.

TACOMA, Wash. — Pierce County is setting up beds for its most vulnerable by converting a hotel into an emergency homeless shelter.

The hotel, a former Comfort Inn, is located at 8620 S. Hosmer St. and was bought by the Low Income Housing Institute with the help of the City of Tacoma, Pierce County and the City of Lakewood for $8.8 million. 

The facility has 94 units and can house around 120 people.

John Barbee, who works as Pierce County’s Community Services manager, says it’s all part

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