Tent City 3 starts today at SPU

Posted on January 21st, 2012 by Editor


Eighty volunteers will help residents of Tent City 3 (TC3) move to the Seattle Pacific University campus today. This will be the first time SPU has hosted the group. TC3 will be located on Wallace Field, east of Royal Brougham Pavilion on West Nickerson Street, through March 24.
Even before they arrive on campus, SPU students, faculty, and staff, along with 27 local churches and organizations, have already lined up to welcome and serve the new neighbors.
Some of the SPU community projects include:

  • Weekly forums on homelessness and poverty. http://spu.edu/events/tent-city/events.asp
  • Nursing faculty members and students will host weekly clinics to provide basic health care, education, and referrals.
  • Sociology professors and students are working on several projects, including a research survey on perceptions of homelessness.
  • Two basketball home games will have sock and blanket drives.
  • SPU’s Campus Dining services will deliver daily leftovers.

SPU’s website for the TC3 visit is http://spu.edu/events/tent-city/index.asp. TC3 has about 100 homeless people.


  • vanderleun

    Ah, the collectors strike again.

  • vanderleun

    Ah, the collectors strike again.

  • Seattle Trending Down….

    Liberalism on the rampage once again. This time under the cloak of Religion. Embarrassing!

    Hopefully the property damage, theft, drug use and general riff raff that accompanies this outfit will stay limited to SPU campus.

  • Seattle Trending Down….

    Liberalism on the rampage once again. This time under the cloak of Religion. Embarrassing!

    Hopefully the property damage, theft, drug use and general riff raff that accompanies this outfit will stay limited to SPU campus.

  • Voice of Reason

    It’s rather apparent you don’t have the slightest idea of what causes homelessness. For starters, greed from those that have money or businesses; second, stereotyping, as in not liking someone because of their race, sexuality, and / or how they identify as a person, psychological issues, health problems that prevent them fr0m working, ignorance of the general population, lack of having the necessary means to be presentable for employment, fear from a superior within the work place that someone has proven capable of performing well enough to replace them(without considering that they might be getting a permotion for being the person that gave the other their skills), these are all issues that lead to homelessness, but also keep in mind that what is seen on television is nothing more than a stereotype, an impression that the media and Hollywood have made. There are people like that in the real world, but most are not and are shunned just for being. Some of the people that are homeless have done time in prison paying their debt to society and can’t find work because of it and in turn when worst comes to worst for these people they are forced to resort back to theft because they can’t improve the quality of life through conventional means. Bottom line is if these people were given a chance and judgement held back so they can prove their worth there would be a great many different opinions. S.P.U. has done a kindness to the homeless community, and with gratitude these people for the most part will be respectful and considerate for having the place to sleep.

  • Voice of Reason

    It’s rather apparent you don’t have the slightest idea of what causes homelessness. For starters, greed from those that have money or businesses; second, stereotyping, as in not liking someone because of their race, sexuality, and / or how they identify as a person, psychological issues, health problems that prevent them fr0m working, ignorance of the general population, lack of having the necessary means to be presentable for employment, fear from a superior within the work place that someone has proven capable of performing well enough to replace them(without considering that they might be getting a permotion for being the person that gave the other their skills), these are all issues that lead to homelessness, but also keep in mind that what is seen on television is nothing more than a stereotype, an impression that the media and Hollywood have made. There are people like that in the real world, but most are not and are shunned just for being. Some of the people that are homeless have done time in prison paying their debt to society and can’t find work because of it and in turn when worst comes to worst for these people they are forced to resort back to theft because they can’t improve the quality of life through conventional means. Bottom line is if these people were given a chance and judgement held back so they can prove their worth there would be a great many different opinions. S.P.U. has done a kindness to the homeless community, and with gratitude these people for the most part will be respectful and considerate for having the place to sleep.

  • Voice of Reason

    One more thing, just like you can’t tell a person that likes hot or spicy foods by appearance, you wouldn’t be able to tell most of the people who are not homeless from the homeless or not. Just thought I might put that out there.

  • Voice of Reason

    One more thing, just like you can’t tell a person that likes hot or spicy foods by appearance, you wouldn’t be able to tell most of the people who are not homeless from the homeless or not. Just thought I might put that out there.

  • Seattle Trending Down….

    Then, invite them to your house. Its pretty arrogant to think the entire neighborhood and community wants people living/sleeping/eating, etc in their own backyard.

  • Seattle Trending Down….

    Then, invite them to your house. Its pretty arrogant to think the entire neighborhood and community wants people living/sleeping/eating, etc in their own backyard.

  • QARunner

    Very christian allowing people to camp outdoors in the middle of a Seattle winter. What’s the christian equivalent of a limosine liberal? They’re alive and well at SPU.

  • QARunner

    Very christian allowing people to camp outdoors in the middle of a Seattle winter. What’s the christian equivalent of a limosine liberal? They’re alive and well at SPU.

  • KS

    Hey, QARunner – why don’t you sell your high-priced running shoes and invite them into your home, since you’re so ready to hand out judgement? SPU is reaching out to homeless people and giving them a safe and legal place to live. Tent City has always still gone on through the winter, even though it is cold. It’s a disgrace that you used SPU’s action to reach out to these people as an inappropriate and misinformed pot-shot at religion. I thought I left rude and judgmental people behind when I moved here, but apparently not.

  • KS

    Hey, QARunner – why don’t you sell your high-priced running shoes and invite them into your home, since you’re so ready to hand out judgement? SPU is reaching out to homeless people and giving them a safe and legal place to live. Tent City has always still gone on through the winter, even though it is cold. It’s a disgrace that you used SPU’s action to reach out to these people as an inappropriate and misinformed pot-shot at religion. I thought I left rude and judgmental people behind when I moved here, but apparently not.

  • Student

    I helped TC3 move on Saturday. I am a cautious female, and I did not once feel threatened. It was the males of TC3 who were being protective of us, shoveling paths in the ice so we wouldn’t slip, making sure we didn’t hurt ourselves by lifting something to heavy, etc. The people there were nothing but nice and great to us, and very thankful. Everyone had a story, either of losing jobs or needing to take time to save money for first and last deposit on an apartment. Circumstance got them their, not their own doings. There are very strict rules at TC3 (stricter then SPU) on drugs, alcohol, and other things. They have to take security shifts, and volunteer in the community. Tons of them have jobs, and that was one of the first questions we were asked “how easy is it to get from QA to downtown on bus?” I think this will be a good opportunity for all of QA and SPU to open their eyes to a large problem in Seattle. No SPU cannot afford to house all of TC3 but the school is trying to give them what we can. A favorite comment of mine from one of the girls I was with on the way back to SPU, “I would rather hang out with the residents of TC3 then most of SPU students I’ll just be like ‘hey movie night at my place.” I think that is what all of us came to think when we left, we want to spend time with these people, because they are interesting individuals. And if you get a chance, go down to TC3, it is more than just a few tents on the ground. They have supports that lift them off the ground, bathrooms, an office with internet and phones, etc. It’s still not ideal, but it is better than sleeping on a bench, and the best they can do since they have to move the camp every three weeks…

  • Student

    I helped TC3 move on Saturday. I am a cautious female, and I did not once feel threatened. It was the males of TC3 who were being protective of us, shoveling paths in the ice so we wouldn’t slip, making sure we didn’t hurt ourselves by lifting something to heavy, etc. The people there were nothing but nice and great to us, and very thankful. Everyone had a story, either of losing jobs or needing to take time to save money for first and last deposit on an apartment. Circumstance got them their, not their own doings. There are very strict rules at TC3 (stricter then SPU) on drugs, alcohol, and other things. They have to take security shifts, and volunteer in the community. Tons of them have jobs, and that was one of the first questions we were asked “how easy is it to get from QA to downtown on bus?” I think this will be a good opportunity for all of QA and SPU to open their eyes to a large problem in Seattle. No SPU cannot afford to house all of TC3 but the school is trying to give them what we can. A favorite comment of mine from one of the girls I was with on the way back to SPU, “I would rather hang out with the residents of TC3 then most of SPU students I’ll just be like ‘hey movie night at my place.” I think that is what all of us came to think when we left, we want to spend time with these people, because they are interesting individuals. And if you get a chance, go down to TC3, it is more than just a few tents on the ground. They have supports that lift them off the ground, bathrooms, an office with internet and phones, etc. It’s still not ideal, but it is better than sleeping on a bench, and the best they can do since they have to move the camp every three weeks…

  • KS

    Well said, Student, well said. Apparently you and I have a similar pride for our school.

  • KS

    Well said, Student, well said. Apparently you and I have a similar pride for our school.

  • Seattle Trending Down, it is people like you that put fear into many regarding Tent Cities. Tent City 3 has and AGREESIVE NO TOLERANCE policy about drusg, alcohol, weapons, fighting, etc. There is an IMMEDIATE bar from the camp if these are found. I used to be a resident of TC3 and I cannot tell you how many folks were KICKED OUT as a result of the above mentioned activities. So, it would be nive if you just had an open mind about this. Although I am not surprised, alot of people who have places to stay judge the homeless. Take some time and look around, go visit Tent City and ask questions at the desk. Talk to the camp advisor.

  • Seattle Trending Down, it is people like you that put fear into many regarding Tent Cities. Tent City 3 has and AGREESIVE NO TOLERANCE policy about drusg, alcohol, weapons, fighting, etc. There is an IMMEDIATE bar from the camp if these are found. I used to be a resident of TC3 and I cannot tell you how many folks were KICKED OUT as a result of the above mentioned activities. So, it would be nive if you just had an open mind about this. Although I am not surprised, alot of people who have places to stay judge the homeless. Take some time and look around, go visit Tent City and ask questions at the desk. Talk to the camp advisor.

  • tico

    “There is an IMMEDIATE bar from the camp if these are found. I used to be a resident of TC3 and I cannot tell you how many folks were KICKED OUT as a result of the above mentioned activities.”

    So, angry at people who judge, you’re saying lots and lots of TC3 residents violated the policy against drug and alcohol use and violence?

    Sweet. That’s just who I want squatting in my backyard.

  • tico

    “There is an IMMEDIATE bar from the camp if these are found. I used to be a resident of TC3 and I cannot tell you how many folks were KICKED OUT as a result of the above mentioned activities.”

    So, angry at people who judge, you’re saying lots and lots of TC3 residents violated the policy against drug and alcohol use and violence?

    Sweet. That’s just who I want squatting in my backyard.

  • SPUdent

    We have had TC3 on our campus for about a week now, and it could not be going any better. I live on campus, and I will be the first to admit that I was skeptical about having them so close to my home. Now I’m ashamed that I even thought like that! There have been no problems what-so-ever. I have gone down there a few times to cook them meals and eat with them. It is a fantastic community and I enjoy sharing my campus with them. Tico, unless you also live on campus, I can bet that I live closer to TC3 than you do, so I have a little more experience with it. I am happy to be sharing my back yard with them and I wish they could stay longer. Stop being closed minded and go down there and see for yourself.

  • SPUdent

    We have had TC3 on our campus for about a week now, and it could not be going any better. I live on campus, and I will be the first to admit that I was skeptical about having them so close to my home. Now I’m ashamed that I even thought like that! There have been no problems what-so-ever. I have gone down there a few times to cook them meals and eat with them. It is a fantastic community and I enjoy sharing my campus with them. Tico, unless you also live on campus, I can bet that I live closer to TC3 than you do, so I have a little more experience with it. I am happy to be sharing my back yard with them and I wish they could stay longer. Stop being closed minded and go down there and see for yourself.


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