What Is A Tent City

List of tent cities in the United States – Wikipedia

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Navigate to the next page Jump to the search results In the United States, there are a number of notabletent cities can be found. A tent city is an encampment or housing complex that is constructed entirely of tents or other temporary buildings.

West Coast

Portland, Oregon’s Dignity Village is located on a side street. In Portland, Oregon, there was a camp called Right 2 Dream Too.

  • Skid River encampment in Anaheim, California
  • 3rd Avenue and Ingra Street encampment in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Seabreeze, on and off settlement at People’s Park in Berkeley, California
  • Anchorage, Alaska: 3rd Avenue and Ingra Street encampment
  • Chinook Creek in Chico, California
  • Opportunity Village and Westmoreland Park in Eugene, Oregon
  • Devil’s Playground in Eureka, California
  • New Jack City in Fresno, California
  • Village of Hope and Community of Hope in Fresno
  • New Jack City in Chico, California
  • Village of Hope and Community of Hope in Fresno, California Hawaii: Pu’uhonua o WaianaeinWaianae (Pu’uhonua of WaianaeinWaianae)
  • Las Vegas, Nevada: Tent communities are common in Downtown, particularly on G Street. A new one will be built near the Interstate 405 and 710 freeways in Long Beach, California, as of April 2021. During a homeless encampment near the present-day one around 405 in September 2008, five persons were shot to death in what is considered to be one of the bloodiest incidents of violence against the homeless community on record. Two gang members were convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release in 2018. One victim was slain as a result of a drug argument, while the other four were killed as a result of their presence at the scene of the crime. Many encampments may be found across Los Angeles and the surrounding area, with the majority of them concentrated in Downtown Los Angeles, the Fashion District, Hollywood, Skid Row, Venice Beach, and Westlake. An estimated 40,000 homeless people dwell in Los Angeles, with a total population of up to 70,000 throughout the entire county. Efforts to clean away the homeless encampments on Venice Beach began in late July 2021, with some tents and property belonging to homeless inhabitants still in the process of being removed. The signing of a law by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to criminalize homeless sleeping and taking up shelter in specified sections of the city sparked riots and demonstrations at his residence, with 50 demonstrators demonstrating outside his home and a rock being hurled at his residence.

Because of the forthcoming Super Bowl 2022, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood was the focus of interest in January 2022 for sweepstakes.

  • National City, California
  • Novato, California: Lee Gerner Park
  • Oakland, California: 77th Avenue encampment, Fruitvale Home Depot encampment, The Village
  • Sacramento, California: 77th Avenue encampment, Fruitvale Home Depot encampment, The Village
  • Camp Quixote in Olympia, Washington
  • Temporary Homeless Service Area (THSA) in Ontario, California
  • Oceanside, California: South Ocean Blvd. encampment, Roymar Road, which was subsequently covered with rocks in May 2021
  • Oceanside, California: South Ocean Blvd. encampment, Roymar Road Petaluma, California: The Petaluma Riverencampment had a peak population of roughly 300 inhabitants and may still have a presence
  • Tent cities may be found in Salinas’ historic Chinatown and in Portland, Oregon’s Dignity Village and Right 2 Dream Too
  • Rohnert Park, California’s Roberts Lake encampment
  • And San Francisco’s 8,000 sheltered and/or homeless population, accounting for one percent of the city’s total population. There have been reports of homeless encampments spouted and are increasingly prevalent in the neighborhoods of SoMa and Tenderloin, as well as in front of San Francisco City Hall and other locations across the city. The Jungle in San Jose, California, was at one point one of the largest homeless encampments in the United States, prior to a boom in the use of homeless tents around North America in the late 2010s and early 2011s. In 2013, it had a total of 175 employees. Other encampments in San Jose include the one on Berryessa and McKee, which can be seen from space, and there are several homeless camps in San Diego as well. Three homeless men were killed and six others were injured when a truck ploughed into an encampment in Downtown San Diego in March 2021
  • Santa Barbara, California: There are three tent cities inIsla Vista, California, which is technically separate from Santa Barbara
  • Santa Cruz, California: There are approximately 1,200 to 1,700 homeless people in Santa Cruz, accounting for 3.5 percent of the city
  • Many have lived or are currently living inRoss Camp (200 people)
  • And other cities.

In August 2020, a homeless tent city will be established in Fremont Park in Santa Rosa, California.

  • During the month of August 2020, a homeless tent city will be established at Fremont Park in Santa Rosa, California.

Mountain and Midwest states

  • Camp Take Notice, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Colorado River: The Point, where the Gunnison River and the Colorado River meet
  • Chicago: Tent City, Uptown Tent City
  • Lake Michigan: The Point, Lake Michigan
  • Lake Superior: The Point, Lake Superior
  • Lake Denver has a large number of homeless encampments that have been or still exist in the same locations, including those inRiNo, as well as one that will close there in November 2020, among other things. Woodstock West was one of them. There are homeless encampments in Detroit’s Hart Plaza, Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Saint Mary’s River, Indianapolis’ downtown Indianapolis area, Bernalillo County, New Mexico’s Camp Hope, and Las Cruces, New Mexico’s Camp Hope
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota’s 2020 Minneapolis homeless encampment on park property
  • Ogden, Utah
  • Salt Lake City, Utah’s 600 West, and Pioneer Park have homeless encampments
  • And other cities. Detroit has one homeless encampment in Hart

Southern US

  • Homeless camping will be prohibited in Asheville, North Carolina, Atlanta’s “The Hill,” Buckhead, and Austin, Texas beginning in April 2021. As of May, there are many homeless camps in Austin, including one on Lady Bird Trail. A ballot initiative that was adopted by voters in May 2021 resulted in the reinstatement of the camping prohibition. In addition to Downtown Austin and the region around the University of Texascampus, the ban also applies to Tent City in Fayette County, Tennessee, Greenville, South Carolina, and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Tent City in Phoenix, Arizona. A substantial tent city existed in Downtown from March 2021 to March 2021, when it was dispersed. The cities of Jacksonville, Texas (Avenue A and 13th Street encampment)
  • Norfolk, Virginia
  • St. Louis, Missouri (a camp in a park near downtown that was cleared in January 2021, and homeless camps still exist in the Saint Louis area)
  • Pensacola, Florida
  • Tampa, Florida
  • And others may have smaller homeless tent cities or tents.

East coast

  • Cassandra Massey and Cassin Boston, Massachusetts: As of early September 2021, a tent city in theMelnea Cass Boulevardarea, which is informally nicknamed ” Methadone Mile,” had grown from a “dozen in a matter of weeks” to over 100 residents from a “dozen in a matter of weeks.” Burlington, Vermont
  • Camden, New Jersey:Transition Park,Camden, New Jersey
  • Hartford, Connecticut:Downtown Hartford
  • Tent City (100+ According to a 2020NBC article, they were reported in Chelsea, Manhattan, and Bushwick, Brooklyn, among other places. During the summer of 2020, the three other boroughs denounced them to the authorities. Tent city in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. A woman was shielding her companion near a tent city when a homeless guy grew upset after assuming that the two had gotten too close to his tent and made him feel uncomfortable. He then stabbed the woman, 40, to death, despite the fact that she was neither a resident of the tent city or considered to be homeless. Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Scotts Township
  • Portland, Maine’s Presley Street
  • Washington, D.C.’s underpasses on L and M streets
  • And other locations.


  • Property owned by St. Vincent de Paul, located on Fourth Avenue North in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

See also

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External links

  • Tent Cities in America, a study by the National Coalition for the Homeless
  • A list of tent cities on wikidot.com
  • And a list of tent cities on wikipediadot.com.

America’s Tent Cities for the Homeless

  • Despite the fact that the general number of homeless persons in the United States has been steadily declining in recent years, homelessness has increased dramatically in major metropolitan areas. According to a study released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than 500,000 people were homeless in the United States at the end of last year. Many people who find themselves living on the streets find a sense of belonging and protection in homeless encampments, whether the tent cities are officially sanctioned or unofficially established. Photographs of some of these tent cities have been gathered here, including images from Seattle, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Las Cruces, and Honolulu. Despite the fact that inhabitants say they appreciate the permanence of the camps, they continue to live in fear since several authorities have cracked down in recent years, evicting people and pulling down the tents they have built. More information may be found here. Hints: Take a look at this full-screen image. Typing j/k or /k will take you to the next and previous images, respectively. Stacie McDonough, 51, sits for a photo in front of her tent at a homeless RV and tent encampment outside Los Angeles International Airport on October 26, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. McDonough is an army veteran with a college degree who has lately been forced homeless due to a family emergency. Although Mayor Eric Garcetti has suggested spending $100 million to fight the city’s large homelessness problem, he has refrained from declaring a state of emergency in the sprawling metropolis. On October 8, 2015, a broad view of the unofficial homeless tent encampment Nickelsville (bottom left) in Seattle, Washington, captured by Lucy Nicholson / Reuters. Shannon Stapleton / ReutersContinue reading
  • On Wednesday, October 13, 2015, a wood fire was built outside the tent of Matt Hannahs, 32, and his son Devin at the Nickelsville homeless tent encampment in Seattle. “Devin doesn’t see it as a bad thing
  • After all, he’s a small guy who is resilient and sees it as an opportunity to learn something new. It’s similar to camping in that it involves meeting new people and experiencing new things. I’ve always been really thankful that there is a place where you may come and leave whenever you want and where there is safety in numbers, and I continue to be so. It feels like we’re all part of one huge family, and we all watch out for one other,” Hannahs remarked. Read more
  • On November 16, 2015, in Washington, D.C., Owen Makel, 65, who has been homeless for over 14 years and has been living at this camp for four months, sits outside his tent between the Watergate and Whitehurst Freeways, between the Watergate and Whitehurst Freeways. “You have to realize this: we homeless people have lives, just like you do, and we have them just as much as you do.” However, we do not have a choice but to be on the street because we do not have a choice. “There is nowhere else for them to go,” Makel explained. According to local accounts, the residents of the neighborhood were evicted from their homes on November 20, 2015. Read more
  • Lovenia Evans, who is pregnant, smokes a cigarette under her tent between the Watergate and Whitehurst Freeways in Washington, D.C. on November 16, 2015. Shannon Stapleton / ReutersRead more
  • “I’ve been in this tent for two weeks now, and it’s far preferable to sleeping on the street or on the sidewalk. ” Because I am pregnant, they would like me to come off the street,” Evans explained to the station host. Shannon Stapleton / ReutersContinue reading
  • Clyde Burgit and his wife Helen, who had been at this camp for two weeks, sit on a mattress near their tent near the Watergate and Whitehurst Freeways in Washington, D.C. on November 16, 2015. Clyde Burgit and his wife Helen, who had been at this camp for two weeks, sit on a mattress near their tent near the Watergate and Whitehurst Freeways in Washington, D.C. “Everyone watches out for one other, this was fantastic, and everyone gets along,” Clyde remarked of the event. Terry, a homeless guy who only revealed his first name, stands outside his tent at a massive homeless encampment outside downtown St. Louis on January 27, 2015, according to Shannon Stapleton / Reuters. The city had intended to demolish the camp due to health and safety issues, but Human Services Director Eddie Roth says authorities would work with people who are living in tents to help them find better options to their current situation. Jeff Roberson / Associated Press On October 9, 2015, Stephan Schleicher, 31, poses in front of his tent at SHARE/WHEEL Tent City 4, which is located outside of Seattle, Washington. Read more. There is a sense of belonging here, as well as a sense that individuals are held accountable to one another,” Schleicher added. SHARE and WHEEL define themselves as self-organized, democratic groups of homeless and formerly homeless individuals that administer a number of self-managed tent communities in the Los Angeles area. Shannon Stapleton / ReutersRead more
  • Tents are seen at SHARE/WHEEL Tent City 4 on October 9, 2015, about 35 miles outside of Seattle, Washington. On October 9, 2015, a Bible and an ashtray loaded with smokes were found in SHARE/WHEEL Tent City 4, just outside of Seattle. Shannon Stapleton / Reuters Buzz Chevara, 56, stands in front of his tent during SHARE/WHEEL Tent City 4 near Seattle on October 9, 2015, according to Shannon Stapleton / Reuters Tent city “means belonging to a community
  • It means feeling comfortable in a location where no one is going to harass or attack you in the middle of the night,” Chevara explained. Lohe Akau, a 55-year-old homeless construction worker who lives in the Kakaako neighborhood of Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 24, 2015, carries his bodyboard through a homeless encampment in the Kakaako area of the city. In Hawaii, it is estimated that there are 7,620 homeless persons who live on the streets. Deja-Lynn Rombawa-Quarles, a 24-year-old woman who works as a group leader at an elementary school part time, sits in her tent in a homeless encampment in the Kakaako area of Honolulu on August 26, 2015. Photo by Jae C. Hong / APRead more
  • A rising number of working poor people in Honolulu are finding themselves on the streets as a result of a combination of high housing expenses, a scarcity of affordable housing, and unfortunate circumstances. Rombawa-Quarles is one such person. The following image is courtesy of Jae C. Hong / Associated PressRead more
  • Clouds pass above Camp Hope near Las Cruces, New Mexico, on October 6, 2015. Camp Hope describes itself as a “transitional housing initiative for the homeless that is different from the norm.” The camp has a population of around 50 people. The following is an excerpt from Shannon Stapleton’s Reuters report: Daniel J. Wabsey, 58, a Vietnam War veteran, rests outside his tent at Camp Hope near Las Cruces, New Mexico, on October 6, 2015. For the past 35 or 38 years, I’ve been on the road. It would take some getting used to entering the building. All I want is to be able to eat, sleep, and be protected at all times. Camp Hope is a place where everyone gets along and understands each other. We’ve all been in that situation. “If you use your common sense, you can make it out here,” Wabsey remarked. Matt Mercer, a former resident of Camp Hope, stands among tents in Las Cruces, New Mexico on October 6, 2015, according to Shannon Stapleton / Reuters. “The sense of camaraderie that exists at the camp is the most distinctive feature,” said Mercer, a former tent city resident who now helps at Camp Hope. While in the shelter system, “there is no sense of community
  • Everyone is simply trying to make it through the day.” Richey Luper, from Newport Beach, California, sits outside his tent at Camp Hope in Las Cruces on October 7, 2015, according to Shannon Stapleton / Reuters. “This is a positive development. The tent city provides a feeling of security. “There is no dispute about that,” Luper stated. In this article: Read more
  • Emma Savage, 6, examines a birthday card that her father, 42-year-old Robert Rowe, gave her on October 12, 2015, after returning after a 12-hour working day at SHARE/WHEEL Tent City 3 outside of Seattle, Washington. Reuters/Shannon StapletonOn October 12, 2015, tents stand in SHARE/WHEEL Tent City 3, which is located outside of Seattle. On October 8, 2015, Lantz Rowland, 59, poses in front of his tent during SHARE/WHEEL Tent City 3 outside Seattle, according to Shannon Stapleton/Reuters. I don’t believe that homeless people are drunken bums with needles inserted in their arms, slobbering in a corner. We have folks working graveyard hours, we have children here, and we have families here as well. The people who live in the indoor shelter system no longer have to carry their belongings on their backs to get to and from work. Tent cities are turning the standard shelter system on its head.” Read more
  • Kalaniopua Young, 32, originally from Hawaii, poses outside her tent at SHARE/WHEEL Tent City 3 outside Seattle on October 12, 2015. Photo by Shannon Stapleton / Reuters “I made the decision to reside in this location. I was feeling lonely and unhappy because I was living in an apartment. Because of the social engagement and connections that I’ve made here, I’m feeling lot better. There is a direct democracy at work here, with rapid outcomes that are in contrast to typical bureaucratic procedures.” The following image was provided by Shannon Stapleton / Reuters: Tent city inhabitants enjoy an NFL football game in their communal television room at SHARE/WHEEL Tent City 3 on October 8, 2015. The following image was provided by Shannon Stapleton / Reuters: Aaron Ervin, 50, stands in front of his tent at SHARE/WHEEL Tent City 3 in Seattle on October 8, 2015. “Tent City has been a lifesaver for me, providing a safe haven where I can recharge and recollect my thoughts. While I’m here, I’d like to set a good example and have a great impact on the camp community. People feel safe here
  • They are tense from being wrongfully judged for carrying all of their belongings as homeless, and the camp makes you feel comfortable knowing that you have a safe place to store your belongings, which does a lot for people by allowing them to become more relaxed,” says the director. Kadee Ingram, 28, cuddles her son Sean, 2, in SHARE/WHEEL Tent City 3 outside of Seattle on October 13, 2015. Photo by Shannon Stapleton / Reuters Ingram lost her job, and her partner, Renee, lost her job shortly after that as well. “It came to the point where we couldn’t find work quickly enough, and we had to move out of our apartment,” Ingram explained. “We truly enjoy coming here, and being outside, in particular, makes us feel protected. “We wish we had known about it sooner,” says the team. Reuters photo by Shannon Stapleton More information may be found here. Several homeless encampments line a street in downtown Los Angeles on January 26, 2016, according to the Los Angeles Times. In the course of a three-night operation to count homeless persons throughout much of Los Angeles County, around 7,000 volunteers will spread out. “We want to present a picture of the status of homelessness,” said Naomi Goldman, a spokesman for the event’s organizer, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. Richard Vogel / Associated Press More information may be found here. We’re interested in hearing your thoughts on this article. Send an e-mail to [email protected] or submit a letter to the editor.
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All The Things You Didn’t Know About Living In A Tent City

Despite the fact that living in a tent city is far from ideal, many people who are homeless in the United States manage to make this sort of living arrangement work despite the uncomfortable circumstances. For many of the over 600,000 recognized homeless people in the United States, living in a tent city is their preferred mode of accommodation. Others do not know any other way of life since they have never known anything else.

The Case of Seattle

People who live in Seattle’s urban areas elevate the experience of not having a permanent home to a sophisticated level separate from the rest of society. The government in certain places is quite tiny and decentralized; for example, there is a camp called Nickelsville where one person is in charge of security, one person takes executive decisions that are beneficial to the entire camp, and a functional system organizes the duties. Nickelsville residents make a living by spending a few hours each week in security or cleanup, to supplement their income.

In general, the police leave these tent communities in Seattle alone.

Gainesville, Florida

Gainesville, Florida police officers are occasionally called in to assist with an atent city setup. Larry Carlton, a local businessman, owns a piece of woodland land on which a notable town may be found. Carlton claims that he has no fond sentiments toward the homeless persons who have taken up residence on his property; he only recognizes that they have nowhere else to turn to. Because of drugs, crime, and violence, the police have to sweep out this tent city every six or seven years, according to the police department.

The assistance of one of Carlton’s workers is enlisted in order to keep track of everyone there.

Carlton’s arrangement is, on the whole, a serene one.

The Situation in Dallas

Located beneath a bridge that serves as part of Interstate 45 in downtown Dallas, one tent city has sprung up, and local authorities aim to dissolve the camp once they have found suitable accommodations for everyone. The laws of this tent city divide the population into three sections: Spanish speakers on one side, drug users on the other, and individuals who drink on the third.

The only law in the tent city is that no one should steal from anybody else. The consequence for breaching this one rule is expulsion, which is frequently enforced by a single individual who is regarded as a mayor-like figure.

Diverse Demographics

In 2013, there were as many as 100 tent communities spread around the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. People chose a tent city over a shelter for a variety of reasons, the most important of which is freedom. A homeless shelter may have tight regulations, such as limiting visits, enforcing curfews, prohibiting the use of alcoholic beverages, and requiring residents to work. Such restrictions are not applicable in a tent city. Some persons who are homeless claim that a shelter is “only a step away from prison.” As a result, tent towns spring up in order to provide people with a sense of independence, even if it means enduring poverty and living in less-than-ideal conditions.

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A SANTA ROSA, Calif., woman is accused of sexual assault. They were well aware that the neighborhood would rebel. It was early May, and officials in this Northern California city were frantically debating how to prevent COVID-19 from infiltrating the homeless camps that were proliferating in the region’s celebrated parks and trails. The city’s mayor was adamant that COVID-19 not be allowed to infiltrate the homeless camps. In Sonoma County, the number of individuals who are homeless has steadily decreased — and then increased, worsened by skyrocketing property costs and three devastating wildfire seasons that have burned thousands of houses in the last four years.

Moreover, with the commencement of COVID-19, hundreds of individuals living in shelters, tents, and temporary shanties were exposed to a potentially lethal health concern, as were the service providers and emergency responders who were attempting to assist them in their efforts.

Gavin Newsom had urged on cities and counties to convince hotel operators to open their doors to individuals living on the streets who were susceptible because of their age and health in the weeks before the virus began its initial move through California.

During his tenure as mayor, City Council Member Tom Schwedhelm came up with the idea of setting up dozens of tents in the parking lot of a shining community center in an upscale area known as Finley Park, a few miles west of the city’s central business district.

Thousands of residents and businesses were notified in a short period of time about the city’s plans to erect 70 tents that could accommodate up to 140 people at the Finley Community Center, a neighborhood jewel that attracts a large number of families and fitness enthusiasts to its manicured picnic grounds, sparkling pool, and tennis courts.

  1. Santa Rosa authorities defended their intentions for three hours on a Thursday evening in the middle of May, during which hundreds of citizens called in to voice their opposition.
  2. Others implored, “How can we feel safe enjoying our park?” they said.
  3. This time, though, it is not the case.
  4. The project would proceed as planned.
  5. You can do it.
  6. A total of 68 blue tents were set up inside, each 12 feet apart and supplied with sleeping bags and a storage container.
  7. Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa was selected to operate the camp, and social workers distributed flyers across municipal shelters and unofficial encampments, where they identified hundreds of people who were willing to relocate.

For lodging, baths, and three daily meals, camp members agreed to an 8 p.m.

The tent city in Santa Rosa officially opened its doors on May 18.

Finley Park residents stopped protesting and began bringing donations of food, clothing, and hand sanitizer to the local food pantry and food bank.

Parents and children crammed into the adjoining playground once more.

The city of Santa Rosa would spend $680,000 to furnish and administer the facility from May to late November, a six-month experiment that would mark a new route for the city’s approach to homeless services.

Instead of engaging in months of debilitating debate with local opponents before committing to a housing or shelter project, municipal authorities concluded that their responsibility should be to lead and enlighten the public.

A watershed moment that would be felt across Sonoma County for years to come.

of Counties President James Gore, a county supervisor and president of the California State Assn.

For the past 30 to 40 years, this has been the failing housing policy of the United States.

California is home to about 160,000 homeless persons who live in automobiles, on borrowed couches, in temporary shelters, or on the streets, accounting for roughly a quarter of the nation’s homeless population.

Homeless encampments have sprung up all throughout the country, from Los Angeles to Fresno to San Francisco and Sacramento.

As a result, law enforcement sweeps are conducted on a regular basis, razing encampments only to have them spring up elsewhere.

Since COVID-19 brought the city’s office life to a halt, an estimated 6,000 individuals have become homeless in Sacramento, a group that has become increasingly noticeable in recent years.

The mayor, Darrell Steinberg, is well-known for being an advocate for those who are homeless.

However, in his more than four years as mayor, he has unable to enact an unified program for removing individuals from the streets and placing them in supportive living facilities.

However, as of March, the city has only reached agreement on one location for small houses and safe camping: a parking lot beneath a major motorway, where the city will provide bathrooms and hand-washing stations and allow up to 150 individuals to set up camp.

He is a plaintiff in a case that seeks to put a stop to city sweeps of unlicensed tent camps.

“We are in desperate need of homes.

” (Image courtesy of Angela Hart / KHN) Donta Williams, who has been homeless for the past five years, shakes his head in disbelief at the length of time it has taken the city to permit a camping site.

A plaintiff in a lawsuit against the city for encampment sweeps, Williams, 40, said, “We don’t have somewhere else to go.” “We are in desperate need of homes.

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Perhaps just a few of dumpsters so we can get rid of the trash?” A legitimate position, a fresh start Sonoma County, like many other counties, has struggled with rowdy homeless encampments for many years.

Many people were forced out of the wilderness by the wildfires of 2017, 2019, and 2020.

The political leaders of Sonoma County talked about their soul-searching about how to get through the community deadlock when it comes to selecting areas for housing and services.

“It’s a lot of fear and anger that you’re going to take something away from me if you build this housing,” said Zane, a vocal supporter of homeless services who was defeated in her re-election bid last year after 12 years on the county board of supervisors.

Santa Rosa authorities drew on a few fundamental principles while developing the Finley Park plan.

Because of concerns about waste and disease among neighbors, the city installed hand-washing stations, showers, and toilets.

A mobile clinic visited the camp a few times a week, providing basic health care and drugs to those in need of them.

In the words of Jennifer Ammons, a nurse practitioner who was in charge of the mobile clinic, “we were serious about providing access to care.” Inhalers may be obtained, cellulitis can be treated with antibiotics, pneumonia can be treated with antibiotics, and skin infections can be treated with antibiotics.

  1. The 56-year-old Newman said she had fallen into homelessness and addiction after fleeing an abusive spouse some years before.
  2. She was also connected to a doctor and was receiving treatment for a painful bladder infection at the time of her enrollment.
  3. “Before, I was in such bad shape that I didn’t have much hope.
  4. “However, I now have a legitimate job, and this is only the beginning.” An unemployed construction worker named James Carver put his zeal towards cleaning up the Finley Park tent city, where he lived for several months.
  5. According to Carver, his attitude began to improve after directing his energies toward cleanliness projects and odd duties around the base camp.
  6. “I’m searching for work again,” Carver remarked.
  7. In the words of Jennielynn Holmes, who oversees Catholic Charities’ homeless programs in Northern California, the Finley Park experiment was beneficial in ways she didn’t foresee.

12 individuals were put in permanent homes, and roughly five dozen were housed in temporary shelters while they waited for accommodation to become available, according to the site’s director.

And, despite the fact that COVID-19 was still raging, they maintained their word and shuttered the site on November 30, after which they organized a community gathering to solicit input.

Several inhabitants of the surrounding neighborhood have stated that the manner the project site has been administered has caused them to reconsider their support for the project.

Boyd Edwards, who attends pickleball sessions at the Finley Community Center a few times a week, said, “I was amazed that I didn’t see anything negative at all.” “I was expecting them to be loud and have garbage strewn throughout the room.

According to statistics, virtually all of the 108 requests for police assistance were in reaction to additional homeless persons who wanted to sleep at the site when it was already at maximum capacity.

Since closing the Finley encampment, Santa Rosa has extended its major shelter and is developing plans to establish year-round controlled camps in numerous areas, this time with fortified buildings, as a contingency plan.

They asserted that the moment had arrived to put aside disagreements and embrace solutions.

“We have estates that sell for $20 million, and you’ll see people sleeping in tents with no access to hot food or running water,” said Lynda Hopkins, chair of the county board of supervisors.

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Tent Cities – SHARE / WHEEL

Tent Cities are self-managed communities of up to 100 homeless men and women that are transportable and self-sufficient. The Tent Cities organized by SHARE/WHEEL are democratically run. They operate under the tight guidelines of a Code of Conduct that encourages sobriety, nonviolence, collaboration, and active involvement. Security personnel are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Clean-up patrols are carried out on a daily basis. Tent Cities are responsible for their own garbage collection and port-a-potties.

There is a kitchen where meals may be prepared.

Tent Cities are required because there is not enough indoor shelter available in King County to accommodate everyone who requires it.

Tent City3 first opened its doors in 2000.

TentCity 3 is located at:Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church7500 Greenwood Ave NSeattle, WA 98103Camp Phone: (206) 399-0412TentCity 3 is located at:Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church7500 Greenwood Ave NSeattle, WA 98103TentCity 3 is located at:Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church7500 Greenwood Ave NSeattle, WA 98103TentCity 3 is located at:Phin Tent City3 is supported by an amazing network of individuals and organizations.

Using Greater Seattle Cares, local communities may connect with Tent City 3 in order to provide for the inhabitants’ daily needs, which includes providing hot meals for the camp members.

It does business mostly on the East Side of Lake Washington in King County.

John Vianney is where Tent City4 is now located:High Point Trail HeadExit 20 off I-90Camp Phone: (206) 618-3901= Tent City4 sets up at High Point Trail Head Areas for individual tents Tents for the community

Tent City F.A.Q.’s – SHARE / WHEEL

Frequently Asked Questions are included below. Currently, Tent Cities are housed in many locations. In the greater Seattle region, Tent Cities are typically situated on parish premises, according to the question. The average Tent City camp stays at a single site for a period of time. A Tent City camp is typically located in one area for around 90 days. A few of extra days may be required as the camp prepares to relocate to its new location. Q: How many people can live in Tent City at the same time?

Q: Will there be any representation from the local police force on site?

We commit to allocating city resources to adequately monitor and respond to concerns that arise.

When it is required, police officers will conduct investigations and make arrests of persons who are discovered to be in violation of criminal statutes and regulations.

Q: What kind of security precautions does Tent City take care of on its own accord?

The Tent City Code of Conduct forbids the use of alcoholic beverages, the use of narcotics, the carrying of weapons, fighting, abuse of any kind, trash, and disturbing neighbors.

Residents create an Executive Committee, which is in charge of site security, resident identification, and gift administration, among other responsibilities.

If a scenario necessitates it, the authorities are notified quickly.

As stated in the Tent City application, Tent City inhabitants are expected to have acceptable photo identification, with all potential residents being vetted for outstanding warrants and sex offender status by the King County Sheriff’s Department prior to moving in.

Tent City also says that police will be alerted promptly if someone is denied because of a warrant or because they have been designated as a registered sex offender.

A:The Police Department intends to keep a close eye on Tent City and the impact it is having on the neighboring community.

No rise in overall crime levels has been observed in these cities, and no crimes against neighbors, children, or students have been reported in the immediate surrounding areas.

When an individual is rejected or forced to leave Tent City because they have broken the Code of Conduct, what happens next is a mystery.

If bus transportation is not easily accessible, Tent Cities will arrange for alternate modes of transportation, such as a private vehicle or a taxi service, at no additional charge.

Besides these measures, what further safeguards are suggested to ensure the protection of public health and safety of local inhabitants as well as temporary residents of any proposed Tent City?

They do on-site inspections to cover topics such as toilet facility maintenance and operation, rubbish control, getting potable water, hand washing, and safe food handling techniques, among other things.

Tent City residents benefit from the work of public health nurses with the Health Care for the Homeless Network, who make onsite visits, distribute first aid kits, give resource information, and seek to connect them to community health care facilities.

This Code Enforcement Officer would examine the camp on a regular basis, including weekends, to verify that no infractions of the Municipal Code were present.

a dumpster will be given for the disposal of garbage, which will be collected on a regular basis, according to the city of Tent City Residents of Tent City are prohibited from littering the camp or the adjacent neighborhood, according to the camp’s rules.

According to anecdotal reports from neighboring towns, prior neighbors have remarked on the cleanliness of their streets throughout the term of Tent City, a fact that may be attributed to the constant patrols conducted.

Hand washing facilities would be located near to these restrooms for your convenience.

Q: Will it be permitted to have open fires?

A:According to Tent City, there are no open flames permitted on Tent City grounds.

The Tent City administrators have said that firefighters from surrounding communities can stop by at any moment to inspect the site.

Ans: SHARE/WHEEL is a coalition that brings together the Seattle-Housing and Resource Effort (SHARE) and the Women’s Housing Equality and Enhancement League (WHEEL).

Those interested in SHARE/WHEEL can reach out to them at (206) 448-7889.

Meal tracking is done through the use of an online calendar.

The colorful squares on the calendar show that a meal has been booked.


It is preferable if meals are served no later than 6:00 p.m.

There may be certain exclusions, and we will notify you as soon as the date is closer to being announced.

As a reminder, there will be an all-camp meeting at 7 p.m., so please make every effort to have the supper ready by 6:00 p.m.

A group of 5-8 people seemed to be the most effective.

each of milk and juice are ideal), and fruit or dessert.

If you can wrap the flatware in napkins ahead of time, it will make it much simpler for the residents to proceed through the meal line when they arrive.

It is beneficial to supply residents with plastic wrap, aluminum foil, Ziploc bags, and/or clean plastic take-out containers in order for them to transport leftovers.

Take into consideration that some Tent City inhabitants have dental and gingival issues to contend with.

Many individuals find it simpler to consume veggies when they are cooked.

A balanced dinner that is pleasant and has enough of servings is what you should aim for; it does not have to be elaborate.

It contributes to a more friendly and inclusive lunch environment.

If your party want to begin the meal with a prayer, Tent City is willing to accommodate your request.

Plan for around 100 people, plus your own group, for the time being.

The leftovers will be consumed quickly, therefore it is preferable to have a small amount of extra rather than running out.

To acquire an exact count of the number of people currently at camp, you can phone a few days before your planned dinner time.

Check the online calendar (insert link here) to find out where the dinner service will be held.


Of course, this is dependent on what is on the menu.

It is possible that there are big leftovers from another night, and we will notify you.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE A QUESTION THAT IS NOT ANSWERED ON THIS PAGE? Please go to the website for the most up-to-date contact information for the meals coordinator. We appreciate your support and are delighted to assist you in any way we can. Please let us know if you have any questions.

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