Homelessness in downtown

Conversation turns heated at session


August 25, 2022

Gordon Weeks

A woman sleeps under a Shelton High School Highclimbers blanket Monday morning in the park next to the Community Lifeline shelter in downtown Shelton.

Are the men and women living on the streets of downtown Shelton natives of Mason County or transients bused in from Thurston County to take advantage of homeless services? And do those services "enable" homeless people, or help them move on to more stable lives and housing?

Downtown business owners, service providers and others shared their thoughts during the public comment period Aug. 16 at the Shelton City Council meeting. The comments came two weeks after the council voted 6-1 to approve code amendment changes that allow community organizations to host temporary homeless encampments of...

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