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Tent City 4 opens in Sammamish

tentcity4SEATTLE — A Sammamish church opened up its parking lot to 100 homeless people on Saturday as the new location for Tent City 4.

The Mary Queen of Peace Church spent the morning setting up tents in their parking lot. The community came out to help, including neighbors and students from Skyline High School and organizers from Tent City 4.

They also spent the day collecting donations and organizing meals.

The church decided to become the host after discussing the idea with other local religious and civic leaders.

Father Kevin Duggins of Mary Queen of Peace said more people in the community were for the move, than were against it.

“It’s one piece of a much larger response to the challenge of homelessness in our society. It’s not the final solution, but it does offer a workable and safe option for homeless people,” he said.

Duggins said a Tent City allows people to have a home base where they can leave their belongings and more effectively look for work.

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6 comments

  • jeff

    This is crap, the "homeless" people who are setting up camp need to be required to find a place to live other than a tent in a parking lot. This church needs to set conditions for this camp. A time limit and requirements for the residents like no drug use, no fires, and they all should be required to attend some job training, or do some work for the church.

    • guest

      and those that collect government entitlements should have to pass random drug tests but that won't happen in Washington state, home of the liberal, drug smoking sexual deviants!

  • Willy

    The homeless folks need to get connected with the Compass Housing Alliance, an organization that has built brand new apartment buildings, for low income people, in the Seattle area.