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Tent City 3

Tent City 3


A series of forums will help our community join the conversation on homelessness in Winter, 2015.

Winter Quarter

January 8: Tent City 3 Welcome Reception.  7:00 pm, SUB Gazebo Room
The SPU and TC3 communities come together for a night of snacks, welcome and vision-sharing as we begin our quarter together. Snacks included.  Watch on YouTube. Watch on iTunes University.

January 22: Public Policy and Homelessness. 11:10-12:30pm: DH 150
This session will address the connection between homelessness and affordable housing, public policy and advocacy. Ben Miksch, Affordable Housing Policy & Advocacy Specialist with the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, will share his perspective on federal housing policy and the 2015 legislative agenda regarding homelessness and affordable housing in Washington State. Watch on YouTube. Watch on iTunes University.

January 27: Film Screening.  American Winter. 7:00 pm, Emerson Hall

February 4: "Beyond the One Night Count" advocacy training.  7:00-8:30 pm: SUB Collegium
Activists Alison Eisinger (Executive Director, Seattle-King County Coalition on Homelessness) and Nancy Amidei (University of Washington Civic Engagement Project) present practical ways to engage the political process locally and beyond regarding the issue of homelessness. The presentation will also provide results and next steps from January's One Night Count, which found 3,772 people without shelter in King County.

February 5: "Homelessness, Mental Health, and Clinical Practice: Is there an Obligation to Care?" Interprofessional Grand Rounds for Nursing and Pre-Professional Health Students.  6:30-8:00 PM DH 150.
An overview of Tent City 3 provided by Owen Sallee, followed by panel discussion with Dr. Max Hunter (SPU), Larry Clum (Union Gospel Mission) Kae Eaton (Seattle Mental Health Chaplaincy) and James Norris (Matumaini Counseling and Community Center).

February 12: Life on the Streets: Homeless Youth in Seattle.  11:10-12:30pm: DH 150
Mary Steele, Executive Director, New Horizons Ministries, and Dr. Joshua Aaron Ginzler, Psychologist, will discuss the current state, challenges, and needs of homeless youth in Seattle.  Watch on YouTube.  Watch on iTunes University.

February 26: Loving Our Homeless Neighbors. 12:00-1:30 PM, First Free Methodist Church
What is your church doing to engage individuals experiencing homelessness? What more could be done? This forum invites church and lay leaders to share creative ways their congregations are engaging homelessness, and to learn how the church can expand its works of justice and mercy. The event is sponsored by SPU’s Center for Biblical and Theological Education and the John Perkins Center

March 5: "What we learned" Debriefing and next steps. 7:00 PM, SUB Gazebo Room
This event will celebrate the many ways the SPU and TC3 communities have partnered during TC3's stay on campus and offer ideas for ongoing engagement.  Refreshments provided.  Watch on YouTube. Watch on iTunes University.

March 7 - TC3 Move Day
7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. or 12–4 p.m., SUB Gazebo Room
Help Tent City 3 move to Shoreline! After a great winter quarter on our campus, Tent City 3 will move to Shoreline Free Methodist Church on Saturday, March 7. Sign up at to help with the move, and choose either the morning or afternoon shift. Work gloves and pancake breakfast provided!

Fall Quarter


October 9: A theological perspective on homelessness. 11:10-12:30pm, DH 150 Watch on YouTube   Watch on iTunes University

October 22: Film Screening: Invisible Young. 7:00 pm: First Free Methodist Church

November 13: Homeless Heroes: Veterans and Homelessness.: 11:10-12:30pm: DH 150
Representatives from Seattle Stand Down, whose mission is to aggressively prevent and eliminate homelessness among veterans, will participate in the event. Seattle Stand Down Program Director Rebecca Murch and Services Section Leader Jaime Yslas will speak during the panel discussion and Q&A session. Watch on YouTube.  Watch on iTunes University.

November 20: Are cars and tents really housing? Where's the affordable (rental) housing?. 11:10-12:30pm, DH 150
The lack of affordable housing for low-income individuals and families is at the core of the homelessness issues. This forum will discuss affordable housing: what it is, why there’s not enough, and what’s being done to address this critical issue. Representatives from Sound Law Center, the Seattle Housing Authority and non-profit housing developers will participate in the discussion. Watch on YouTube. Watch on iTunes University.

November 20: Arnett/Emerson Residence Hall Info Session: 7:00 PM, Emerson Lounge
What is Tent City 3?  How can we help, and what can we hope to learn while Tent City 3 stays on our campus this Winter? Get your questions answered and find out how you can be involved with this unique community’s response to homelessness.

December 2: Film Screening.  Without a Home. 7:00pm, Emerson Hall
Without a Home is a powerful award-winning documentary film about homelessness. The director, Rachel Fleischer, takes us on a journey into the lives of six homeless individuals and families. We encounter their daily struggles as they cope with homelessness. Through rich personal stories, this film succeeds in challenging our preconceived notions about people who are homeless. Fleischer’s own journey illustrates the power of caring and getting involved with people who do not have a home.

Director Rachel Fleisher will be on hand to answer questions after the film. This event is supported by SPU’s SERVE Program (Spiritual and Educational Resources for Vocational Exploration).

December 13: Tent City 3 Move-in Day.  All Day, Tiffany Loop
Welcome our friends to campus! Volunteer help will be neeed throughout the day, beginning around 8:30 AM. Bring work gloves and lunch. Dress for the weather. For more information, email




Quick Facts

  • Security is 24/7 at TC3
  • Quiet hours: 9 p.m.–8 a.m.
  • Self-managed community

    Strict rules — sobriety, no violence, no drugs
  • Eligibility is based on government-issued photo ID
  • 100 residents maximum
  • Single men and women; couples