Tent City 4 relocates to Kirkland church

January 24, 2012

By Staff

Tent City 4 residents pulled up stakes and left Issaquah for a Kirkland church Jan. 21.

The encampment departed as scheduled, despite icy conditions and power outages in Issaquah and across the region.

Tent City 4 settled in the Community Church of Issaquah parking lot in late October. The encampment rotates among Eastside religious institutions every 90 days.

Tent City 4 arrived in Issaquah on a rain-specked morning Oct. 21, as residents and volunteers loaded belongings into trucks parked at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue and headed east.

The encampment last settled at the Community Church of Issaquah in August 2007 and January 2010.

In Issaquah, advocates for the homeless said Tent City 4 residents educate church congregations and neighbors at the host sites. Local community groups and faith organizations served meals and hosted programs for residents. Issaquah dentists and doctors also offered care. University of Washington public health students spearheaded a medical day for camp residents.

The encampment — home to up to 100 homeless adults — relocated to Holy Spirit Lutheran Church. Tent City 4 is due to remain at the Kirkland church until April 21.

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