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

Tent City 3 campus news

Volunteer for 2017–18 visit

Do you want to volunteer or engage with the residents of Tent City 3 during their upcoming stay on campus? Visit the Volunteer page to let us know.

Sign up now to prepare a meal

See the latest Tent City 3 meal calendar. Find out when your help may be needed to provide a meal and sign up.

Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day

February 1, 2018: Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day is a time for your voice to be heard on some of the most pressing issues of our time: housing affordability and an end to homelessness. Be a part of one of the largest annual lobby days at the Washington state capitol. RSVP to Dr. Karen Snedker by January 18.

Homelessness Advocacy 101 Workshop

Do you care about homelessness and want to do more, but need to know how to help? Join us for "Advocacy 101," a fun training with Nancy Amidei, on Wednesday, January 24th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Student Union Building Gazebo Room at SPU. Pre-Register on-line: www.homelessinfo.org

Poetry Workshop with WA State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna

Participate in a poetry workshop with Castro Luna and Tent City 3 residents exploring the idea of home on Friday, January 26 9:30 a.m. - noon in the Library Seminar Room.

Community Potluck & Thanksgiving

Bring a dish to share and reflect on the experience with our Tent City 3 neighbors: Friday, February 9, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the SUB Gazebo Room.

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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
Move in day for TC3

Putting homelessness
front and center

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