Tent City 3 returns to Shoreline

Monday, October 31, 2011

Tent City 3 sets up in the Prince of Peace parking lot.
Photo by Marc Weinberg
By Marc Weinberg

Tent City 3, on the move again.

On Saturday, October 29, 2011 Tent City 3 returned to the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at 14514 20th Avenue NE, Shoreline 98155 (on the corner of 145th St NE). This is their third visit to Prince of Peace and their sixth stay in Shoreline. They will live there for 90 days.

It takes a lot of work to set up tents for 100 people.
Photo by Marc Weinberg

Tent City 3 is home to 100 adults. Residents are always in need of clothing, bedding, towels and organizations that can provide hot meals. The only items they can cook on site are those that can be put in a microwave.

For more details on their needs consult this website or the SHARE website

A Tent City 3 resident arranges her living space.
Photo by Marc Weinberg

Better yet, stop by and meet the residents. Find out from them what their needs are and you may be surprised how rewarding your experience will be.

I've been documenting their life through my images since 2008, writing articles, raising money and finding donations. Some of my many photos are here 

Tent City 3 during set-up at Prince of Peace.
Photo by Marc Weinberg
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Tent City 3's last stop in Shoreline was at Calvin Presbyterian Church. Patty Price wrote an article about that stay which you can read here.

Ready for residents, Tent City 3 moves every 90 days
Photo by Marc Weinberg

Calvin Presbyterian is just down the street from Einstein Middle School. Principal Stephanie Clark said that the summer Tent City 3 was at Calvin, Tent City residents volunteered to take care of the much-beloved school garden during the hot, summer months when school was not in session, keeping the garden alive and well-tended.
"They just wanted to help," she said, "and the garden would have died without them.  They wanted to be part of the community."




4 comments:

Anonymous,  October 31, 2011 at 7:13 AM  

We need a permanent Hooverville that can take extra capacity as more people become in need of their services. From places like these a strong occupy movement can grow.

Anonymous,  October 31, 2011 at 2:38 PM  

Can any of your residents make my monthly mortgage and tax payments for me and keep my stock of vintage cabernets and McCallan 18 year old up? I'm tired of taking responsibility for supporting my family.

Thanks

Anonymous,  November 1, 2011 at 7:15 AM  

Can any of your residents make my monthly mortgage and tax payments for me and keep my stock of vintage cabernets and McCallan 18 year old up? I'm tired of taking responsibility for supporting my family.

REALLY? Some times you have loose it all to see what you really have. Sounds like you need to get rid of some of your junk. Hope you won't need a tent.

Anonymous,  November 1, 2011 at 9:37 AM  

It always amazes me that some people react the way 'anonymous' did to the folks at Tent City 3... but I'll bet they'd be singing a different tune if their own comfortable situation fell apart and they suddenly found themselves homeless & without a job, especially the way things are now...

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