Sunday, February 11, 2007

Church welcomes the homeless
in defiance of the city's threats

Tent City 4 residents, parishioners and people who live nearby pitched in to build the encampment on St. Jude's property. The work included laying down wood pallets to keep dampness away.

Photo from the Seattle Times

Defying an order from the city, a Catholic church welcomed the traveling homeless encampment known as Tent City 4 to its grounds in Redmond, Washington.

The city -— which initially granted, then withdrew a permit for the encampment —- answered the action with a threat to fine the church as much as $500 a day. The church's plan to host the homeless group for 90 days could now cost it more than $37,000.

"These folks need a place to stay," said the Rev. David Rogerson
of St. Jude Catholic Church. "We're not going to pull the rug out from under them at the last minute."

Read the Seattle Times article here.

For a different perspective than you'll get here, check out the anti-tent city site Tent City Solutions.


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