A tent city is a temporary homeless housing facility constructed using tents.
In Seattle, up to 100 residents may reside in tent city, known as TC3. According to Seattle's Social Services Unit, the local tent city is on average at least 75 percent full. At least half of the residents hold full-time jobs. Because there are no homeless shelters in Seattle that will house families together, about one-third of residents are families (husbands and wives). There are no children in Seattle's Tent City. Drugs, alcohol or violence is not permitted in Seattle's tent city.
Where is Seattle's tent city located?
Seattle's Tent City 3 rotates quarterly (at least every 90 days, by requirement) between locations in Seattle, Tukwila, Shoreline and unincorporated King County.
Most are hosted by churches, though the tent city itself is entirely self-managed.
Tent City's Code of Conduct
1. No drugs are permitted. 2. No alcohol is permitted. 3. No weapons are permitted. 4. All knives over 3 and one-half inches must be turned into SHARE/WHEEL for safekeeping. 5.No violence is permitted. 6. No open flames are permitted 7. No trespassing into private property in the host neighborhood is permitted. 8. No loitering in the host neighborhood is permitted. 9. Disturbing neighbors is not permitted. 10. No verbal abuse, intimidating remarks, yelling or degrading remarks against member(s) of the host or the host neighborhood is permitted. 11. No verbal abuse, intimidating remarks, yelling or degrading remarks between member(s) of SHARE/WHEEL is permitted. 12. No littering on the encampment site or in the host neighborhood is permitted.