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SPU’s Initiative on Homelessness

Tent City 3

In 2010, SPU students initiated conversations with administration about hosting Tent City 3. Those students were passionate about how hosting the encampment would be both educational for our community and a concrete manifestation of Seattle Pacific’s mission of engaging the culture and changing the world.

As a result of student advocacy, SPU hosted Tent City 3 in Winter 2012 and in Winter 2015. Also in 2015, President Dan Martin proposed a University Initiative on Homelessnes in alignment with the Strategic Plan, continuing SPU’s involvement with the issue of homelessness in Seattle through encampments, education, service learning, and advocacy.

Please visit SHAREWHEEL to learn more about Tent City 3 and other issues about Seattle homelessness.

SPU Faculty Statement of Affirmation

The faculty of Seattle Pacific University wholeheartedly affirmed the decision to invite Tent City 3 and its residents to be guests on our campus. We believe that this decision is a faithful expression of our University’s commitment to engage the world lovingly as followers of Jesus. We thank all of those students, staff, administrators, and faculty who worked with so much dedication to bring Tent City 3 to SPU, and we commit ourselves to support this ministry in both prayer and service.

Did you know?

  • Families are the fastest growing segment of homeless people in the U.S.
  • In late 2015, the King County Committee on Homelessness changed its name to All Home.
  • Since 1980, Operation Nightwatch and the Seattle/King Co. Coalition have organized the One Night Count.
  • On January 23, 2016, over 1,000 volunteers counted more than 4,500 homeless people in greater Seattle for this year’s One Night Count count.