The University Unitarian Church (UUC) located on 35th Ave NE will be deciding soon whether to host Tent City 3. UUC is actually not located in “Wedgwood,” but is rather part of the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association. However, we recognize that many believe “Wedgwood” extends south of NE 75th Street and realy these weird hyper-local boundaries are beside the point for those interested in UUC and Tent City 3.
Yes, Tent City 3 may be temporarily coming to UUC in Spring 2023 (read more here). No, Tent City 3 is not an encampement like you see in other parts of the city. Tent City 3 is a community of temporarily houseless people who abide by a strict code of conduct, have a leadership organization, and share responsibilities amongst its community. Tent City 3 is organized under a larger collective of sister organization, called SHARE and WHEEL, which collectively provide services, facilities, and temporary shelter for people in need. Whether you’re for, against, or on the proverbial fence on whether UUC’s parking lot is a suitable place for Tent City 3, these are people who respect others and deserve respect. When discussing the pros and cons of having this community temporarily move onto UUC’s parking lot, please remember this. UUC created a FAQ that may answer many of your questions. Tent City has also created its own FAQ.
As UUC is outside of Wedgwood, it is not our position to take a position. On an unrelated note, have you seen our beautiful banners lately?