SHARE/WHEEL's Tent Cities are portable, self-managed communities of up to 100 homeless men and women.
SHARE/WHEEL's Tent Cities are democratically organized. They operate with a strict Code of Conduct which requires sobriety, nonviolence, cooperation and participation. Security workers are on duty 24 hours a day. Litter patrols are done on a daily basis.
Tent Cities provide their own trash removal and port-a-potties. Bus tickets are provided to each participant each day so s/he can get to work or appointments. There is a food preparation area. Volunteers bring hot meals most evenings to both Tent Cities.
Tent Cities are needed because there is not enough indoor shelter for all who need it in King County. Tent Cities provide a safe place to leave your belongings, flexible hours for workers, and the ability for couples to stay together.
Tent City3 started in 2000. It operates mainly in the City of Seattle. Tent City3 is at Bryn Mawr UMC (8016 S 116th St., Seattle) where it will remain until January 4, 2014.
There is an excellent network of support for Tent City3. Greater Seattle Cares is a vehicle for local communities to connect with Tent City 3 for the provision of the residents' daily needs, including scheduling hot meals for the camp. Please visit their website at http://greaterseattlecares.org
Tent City4 started in 2004. It operates in King County, mainly on the East Side of Lake Washington. Tent City4 is at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church (1121 228th Ave. SE, Sammamish, WA) where it will remain until December 2013.