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Tacoma-area homeless center fights licensing requirements

November 23, 2018

PUYALLUP, Wash. (AP) — A homeless center in Puyallup is asking a judge to overturn conditions that the city has placed on its business license.

Officials with the New Hope Resource Center say conditions were imposed without due process. They’re seeking judicial review in Pierce County Superior Court.

The downtown daytime drop-in center is staffed by church volunteers and offers meals and connections to services.

The News Tribune says complaints about behavior of homeless people at the center led the City Council in 2016 to authorize city officials to impose conditions on the business license of homeless social service providers. The city classified the center as a “significant impact” business, the same designation for chemical facilities.

Puyallup City Attorney Joe Beck called the group’s petition “a shame,” saying it was too bad they got to this point because they were in virtual agreement.

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

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