Homeless moving to suburbs in search of safety and tranquility, Puyallup council told

Friday, May 27, 2016
By: John Gillie / thenewstribune.com

  • Pierce County needs 200 more shelter beds to accommodate growing homeless population
  • Those beds should be built outside Tacoma, experts say
  • Advice comes as city is considering further restrictions on homeless services
The same attributes that attract families to Puyallup — its less complicated lifestyle, relative safety and tranquility — are the reasons that a growing number of homeless are camping on the riverbanks and under the bridges in the eastern Pierce County city, homeless advocates say.