- Associated Press - Thursday, July 13, 2017

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The Tacoma City Council has banned unauthorized homeless encampments on public property and limited the time people living in vehicles can park in one spot in the city.

City officials say the two measures passed Tuesday are aimed at addressing public health and safety impacts as the city wrestles with a growing housing and homelessness crisis.

Councilman Robert Thoms says the laws give the city enforcement tools and helps reduce the impact of homelessness for residents and businesses in certain areas. He says it would also help the city direct homeless people to city planned emergency shelter sites.

The News Tribune of Tacoma reports (http://bit.ly/2udFG5k) that under one law, people living in cars will be allowed to park in on spot for 72 hours, down from seven days.

The council also banned unauthorized camping on public property. That provision will expire when the city’s emergency homelessness declaration expires on Oct. 9.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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