Church to hold community meeting on Tent City 4

October 3, 2013

By Ari Cetron

NEW — 10:19 a.m., Oct. 3, 2013

Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church will hold a meeting to provide information and gather input from the community about possibly hosting Tent City 4.

The church’s pastoral council met Oct. 2 as part of the church community’s “process of discernment,” said Rich Shively, pastoral administrator. The council did not offer any formal recommendation that evening, Shively said, but discussions were generally positive.

“One of our mandates is to be open to people in need,” Shively said.

He was quick to add that no decision had been made.

The next step is the meeting for the public to hear information and voice their opinions. After the meeting, the pastoral council will meet again and likely develop a recommendation for the Rev. Kevin Duggan.

Shively said Duggan will have the final decision and will likely make his announcement the weekend of Oct. 12-13.

Shively acknowledged that time frame does not give the city much time to process the needed permit for the encampment. He said that the church has begun discussion with the city about what sorts of information it will need to process the permit, but has not yet formally begun the permitting process.

The public meeting will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the church social hall, 1121 228th Ave. S.E. in Sammamish.


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One Response to “Church to hold community meeting on Tent City 4”

  1. jeffr on October 4th, 2013 7:10 am

    tent city is a nice, feel-good measure for all of us folks who have a house. we get to invite the homeless into our neighborhoods, but just for a short time, then we can help them and then they leave and we can feel good about what we’ve done. too bad we can’t really find a way to FIX the problem and then really feel good about doing something instead of band-aiding this from community to community.

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