UPDATE: The UUC announced that they have “offered Tent City 3 the opportunity to set-up in our (UUC’s) parking lot for three months starting in mid-March 2023.” See below for the complete text of their announcement.
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?
The following is UUC’s formal anncouncement that they have offered Tent City 3 to use their parking lot in mid-March 2023.
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
University Unitarian Church wishes to announce that we have offered Tent City 3 the opportunity to set-up in our parking lot for three months starting in mid-March 2023. This decision comes after a long process of research and deliberation within our congregation including discussions with other churches who have hosted TC3, with neighbors of those churches, with our own neighbors, and with others working in the field of homelessness in Seattle. We have listened to and heard your concerns as well as your support.
Based on all we have learned in this exhaustive process, we believe that Tent City 3 will continue to serve a critical need within our community and not pose safety issues, increase crime or cause hardship to neighbors. In addition, TC3 participants will have adequate resources, such as hygiene centers and social services, accessible to them in nearby communities.
We will keep you updated in the months ahead. Meanwhile, continue to check our web page, which will be updated soon to reflect this decision and our actions going forward. If you have further questions, please understand that we are a small group of volunteers and may not be able to get back to you right away.
This message is also being sent to the Wedgwood, Ravenna Bryant and View Ridge/Hawthorne Hills Community Council presidents, as well as to Council Member Alex Pederson.
UUC Tent City 3 Team
University Unitarian Church
6556 35th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115