Housing group shelters homeless in school without city’s OK

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A group of homeless people has moved into a vacant school building in Tacoma with the help of a housing advocacy group and without the knowledge of local officials. Rebecca Parson, a spokesperson for housing advocacy group Tacoma Housing Now, said in a statement on Friday that it has housed roughly 10 people at Gault Middle School, which has been vacant for more than a decade. The move was made without the authorization or knowledge of Tacoma Public Schools, which owns the building. School district spokesperson Dan Voelpel says the school is not safe for people to live in and that the district is currently assessing their options.