As racial equality continues to be one of our nation’s biggest social issues, there is one area where African Americans are in the majority: homelessness. On Friday’s edition of Northwest Now, we take a closer look at homeless minorities in Pierce County.

Why are African Americans over-represented when it comes to those living on the streets? Could racism be the problem, along with poverty? We’ll hear from a psychology expert and a social worker who works with the homeless, and who was once living on the street himself.

“If we never face it and talk about it, then it never gets solved–it just gets pushed away,” Frank Jackson, program director for Tacoma Rescue Mission, told Northwest Now host Tom Layson.

The Emmy and Telly Award-winning public affairs series Northwest Now airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on KBTC Public Television, a service of Bates Technical College.

Use the list below to find us on TV. You can also watch past episodes and learn more about the show on our website.


KBTC 28.1, 28.2, 28.3 digital channels, (including K41KT-D Grays River-Lebam and K24IC-D, Bellingham and Channel 16 Digital, Seattle)

KCKA 15.1, 15.2, 15.3 digital channels


Comcast channel 108 (HD, most areas in Western Washington)

Comcast channel 12 (most areas – in Tacoma, Comcast channel 3)

Click! (Tacoma) channel 3 Rainier Connect channel 10

Broadstripe channel 28 (varies by area)

Verizon FiOS channel 28
Frontier Cable: 528 (HD), 28 (SD), and 474 (MHz Worldview)


Dish channel 28 (may appear as 8620)