Tent City 3

Tent City 3 is a portable, self-managed community for up to 100 men and women experiencing homelessness. It is co-sponsored by SHARE (Seattle Housing and Resource Effort) and WHEEL (Women’s Housing, Equality and Enhancement League). Seattle Pacific University hosted TC3 in 2012 and 2015, and now campus welcomes the encampment back from November 18–February 10.

Tent City 3 2017

TC3 safety and security

TC3 is an enclosed encampment and only persons approved by its security personnel are allowed entrance.

Eligibility is based on government-issued photo ID, and security workers are on duty 24 hours a day. Democratically organized, TC3 operates with a strict code of conduct that requires sobriety, nonviolence, cooperation, and participation. For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions.

TC3 2015 visit highlights

Prior to TC3’s setting up on the SPU campus, students, faculty, and staff, along with 27 local churches and organizations, lined up to welcome and serve the new neighbors. During the next three months, these were some of the SPU community projects:

Tent City 3 is now expected to return to the SPU campus every three years, including this 2017 visit.

“The first time you host (an encampment) it is charity, the second time is to break down stereotypes, and the third time is for social change.”
Former TC3 resident
A resident of Tent City 3 with his dog.

Video: Living in TC3

A Seattle videographer looks at homelessness through the eyes of TC3 residents encamped at Seattle Pacific in 2018.

Move in day for TC3

Putting homelessness
front and center

Read about how SPU students, faculty, and staff came together to serve their Tent City 3 neighbors.