About Tent City 4
Tent City 4 is a homeless encampment of up to 100 people operated by the homeless residents and sponsored by 501(c)(3) organizations Seattle Housing and Resources Effort (SHARE) and Women’s Housing Equality and Enhancement League (WHEEL). The camp was created in May 2004 and limits itself to places of worship in eastern King County outside of Seattle. Minors are not allowed in Tent City 4, although there is a provision for emergency situations. Residents may use their own tents or community tents that are segregated by gender. Dumpsters, portable toilets, and a shower, paid for by SHARE, are provided to address sanitation concerns. In order to control access to the encampment, there is only one entry/exit to the camp that is guarded at all times.
Tent City4 is at St. Judes Parish in Redmond (10526 166th ave NE) where it will remain until April 2013.
About Tent City in King County
Tent City in King County is a temporary encampment of up to 100 homeless persons who live in a group of tents on the property of a host for approximately 90 days. The camps have managers and a code of conduct for residents.
The program in King County is sponsored and managed by SHARE/WHEEL (Seattle Housing and Resource Efforts (SHARE) and Women’s Housing, Equality, and Enhancement League (WHEEL)). The first community, called Tent City 3, was located in Seattle. The program was allowed to continue in Seattle under a 2002 consent decree. SHARE/WHEEL Tent City 3 has had camp sites in the communities on the West side of Lake Washington. Share/Wheel established Tent City 4 in the spring of 2004 on the Eastside after working out an agreement with King County. Local governments in King County issue conditional use permits for the temporary camps Seattle-King County Public Health provides support services to camp managers.