Monday, November 15, 2010

Tent City 3, Tent City 4 & Nickelsville

Tent City 3, Tent City 4 and Nickelsville are all homeless encampments located in and around Seattle, WA. They are three distinct entities with some easily understood differences.

Tent City 3
Tent City 3 was created in 2000. It is sanctioned by a consent decree with The City of Seattle and is run by 501(c)(3) organizations Seattle Housing and Resources Effort (SHARE) and Women's Housing Equality and Enhancement League (WHEEL). SHARE/WHEEL operates 15 fixed site shelters and two Tent City locations. From December 2010 to February 2011, TC3 will be pitched in the parking lot at Maple Leaf Lutheran Church in the Meadowbrook neighborhood of Seattle.

Tent City 4
Tent City 4 was created in May 2004. It is also sponsored and managed by SHARE/WHEEL. It exists in eastern King County outside of Seattle and is currently pitched at Lake Washington United Methodist Church in Kirkland, WA.

Nickelsville is an unsanctioned homeless encampment created on public land in West Seattle in 2008. It is run by Bellevue’s Veterans For Peace, Chapter 92. Nickelsville just moved from the University Congregational United Church of Christ in Seattle's University District to Old City Fire Station 39 in Lake City. The site is managed by the city's Department of Finance and Administrative Services, which owns and manages the city's fire stations. Seattle Mayor McGinn announced last week that he wants to clear the burned-out Sunny Jim peanut-butter factory in Sodo, find an organization to manage the encampment and, by March 2011, open a long-term pilot site for 100 to 150 homeless people.

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