Posted by: wantpeacework4justice | June 6, 2008

Tent City 2


It was discussed that there would be a bathroom and showering structure built where they would use the bathroom, shower, and get water. 

People would be allowed to live there probably no more than three months.  Incentives would be given for having a clean camp.  And, there would be support for people to help them look for jobs.

Below are some sites on the process to allow Tent City 4 on the land of the St Brendan Catholic Church in Bothell, WA



  1. Interesting. But enough facts – what do you think?

  2. Right now, I am trying to decide whether I think a tent city should be permanent or transitional. I can see the arguments for both sides. My initial reaction was that – well, of course it should be transitional – families should only be allowed to stay there up to 3 mos. But, then what? And, what if there are homeless people who actually want to live in the tents rather than a house? Who’s to say it is wrong to live in a tent? Is that so bad? I have thought about living in a tent for a summer at different campgrounds to save money for a while – and that was after I became a lawyer. I think I would like it.

    I think that if it is on private land, which is the plan, that private landowner should be able to do whatever he/she wants with his land – including constructing a tent city. I would hope that the city/county (probably county) would support it.

  3. hi annie!! so i’m reading all your stuff and it is great. i haven’t talked to you in awhile, especially about tent city. Not sure how your thoughts have evolved on the subject…but here is my response to your last comment….

    yes, it would have to be private land, and you could do what you want….but in order for the surrounding people, community, etc not to complain, you must make sure you make good relationships with the people of the community. The “buy in” is important, or else everyone will always complain about something, and then the government will get brought in, and as much as you want it to be a private property thing, the possible violations restrict the situation. It is good….charity type of good work (as opposed to justice), but good nonetheless. Portland has some as well, i think san fran does also. hope it all works out! mo

  4. I don’t know if this is really related, but when I was volunteering in New Orleans for the first time, all of the volunteers stayed in tents and I think a lot of the people who were residents down there stayed in tents as well. There was supposed to be no alcohol or drugs but all of the permanent volunteers drank and smoked pot everynight at a bonfire, as long as they weren’t with people who lived in the area is was kindof ok… anyway, everyone who stayed in tents became good friends and i don’t know if it was a good thing or a bad thing but there were showers and bathrooms and then food was from donations. Anyway, that has been my experience with the whole “tent city” kind of atmosphere.

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