Sammamish supports Tent City 4
December 2, 2013
By Helen Wang
While there is generally strong support throughout Sammamish for Tent City 4, the sudden decision to host the camp near Skyline High School alarmed many parents in the area.
Most Skyline students welcome the change and many have contributed with donations and meals. Curious about the set-up of the traveling homeless encampment and wanting to make my own judgment, I decided to visit the site.
Driving in, the first thing I noticed was that the donations and security tents, along with the general kitchen, washing and common areas, were separated from the actual campsite. As I stepped out of my car, I was greeted by a smiling volunteer who helped me unload donations and introduced me to the people working at the desk.
I asked for a tour of the encampment, to which the director kindly and enthusiastically obliged. The residents have a very organized system of self-management, including rules that all residents must follow in order to remain eligible to stay. As far as security goes, there is one entrance that is guarded at all times.
All in all, my short experience at Tent City 4 was positive and I look forward to doing more to help.
“I honestly believe that Tent City in Sammamish was the right choice,” Skyline senior Prabha Dublish said. “Sammamish prides itself on giving back to the community, and this is the perfect way to do so.”