Urgent need for host of Camp United We Stand

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Urgent need for camp location
for February, March, April

Camp United We Stand, a transitional encampment in Shoreline, is looking for a church or organization to host them during the months of February, March and April 2017.

The Camp is currently at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Shoreline and has been offered a site at Haller Lake United Methodist Church for three months in May 2017.

Central supply tent
The Camp must secure a site by the end of December, in order to apply for a Temporary Use Permit and conduct a neighborhood meeting in January.


Camp United We Stand (CUWS) is a small encampment of no more than 35 people.

The current camp consists of adults, many of whom are working. This encampment was formed in 2014 in order to focus on finding housing, keeping jobs, and getting the support they need to move forward.

The Camp needs a flat parking lot or grassy area with about 10,000 square feet, with access to power and water. 

The minimum footprint would be 7,500 square feet. The camp has a tarp fence to provide privacy and security. Many of the campers have been Shoreline residents and attended local schools. 

 
About Camp United We Stand:

· The camp is self-governing with an elected executive team overseeing all camp operations.

· The camp provides its own security detail, on duty 24/7, which patrols the camp perimeter. If needed, the police are called. Neighborhoods hosting encampments have found there are fewer problems in the area when there is a such an encampment.

· The residents are screened. No sex offenders or people with outstanding warrants are permitted.

· No weapons are permitted in the camp.

· No street drugs or alcohol are permitted in the camp.

· The rules for CUWS are strictly enforced. Those who violate them are given a bus ticket and escorted to the nearest bus stop to ensure they leave the area. People may be barred for 1 to 30 days or permanently, depending on the severity of the infraction.

· Camp residents are not permitted to enter the host facility without permission or invitation.

Some camp members have jobs
Additional answers to frequently asked questions will be provided upon request.

CUWS residents invite people to tour the Camp at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Shoreline, during the hours of 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday - Saturday.

St. Dunstan's is located at 722 N 145th St, Shoreline 98133, 206-363-4319.

If you know of a church or organization that would be willing to host the Camp, please contact the President of the Board of Directors CUWS, John Thielke.




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