Tacoma sets sights on buying hotel to convert into homeless shelter

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Tacoma will soon begin moving forward on plans to purchase a hotel to use as an emergency homeless shelter, and eventually convert into permanent low-income housing.

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According to the Tacoma News Tribune, the city intends to put $5 million in federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan toward buying a Comfort Inn located on South Hosmer Street, with Seattle’s Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) tagged to stand up and manage the soon-to-be shelter space.

The hotel has 91 fully furnished rooms, which would potentially house 120 emergency shelter beds until 2023. After

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