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.


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

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.

“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.