Tent City 4 prepares for Issaquah return
October 11, 2011
Tent City 4, a camp for up to 100 homeless people, is poised to return to a local church Oct. 21, after the city issued a permit for the encampment Oct. 4.
The encampment is due to remain in the Community Church of Issaquah parking lot from until Jan. 21. Tent City 4 remains in a place for 90 days, and then residents pack up and relocate to another church.
Organizers need donations and volunteers to help relocate the encampment from a Bellevue synagogue. Learn more about Tent City 4 needs at http://tentcity4.info.
Under camp rules, residents must be adults. Most residents leave the encampment during the day to work. The community elects a camp executive committee to run day-to-day operations. The campsite features 24-hour security.
Organizers conduct warrant and convicted sex offender checks on people requesting to stay at Tent City 4. The camp bans offenders from the premises. Other rules prohibit alcohol, drugs and guns inside the encampment.
In June, Community Church of Issaquah congregants agreed to allow Tent City 4 to settle on the church’s parking lot. The encampment also stayed at the church in August 2007 and January 2010.