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WA: UW Seattle to host homeless Tent City 3 again [except for sex offenders]

[kiro7.com – 12/20/20]

SEATTLE — The University of Washington welcomed back Tent City 3, hosting up to 70 residents for the next three months.
UW said the lower occupancy will allow for social distancing and other COVID precautions.

“Welcoming back Tent City 3 aligns with UW’s public mission and its commitment to helping solve the challenges of our city, state and world,” said Sally J. Clark, director of regional and community relations in a direct message to the UW News. “While organized tent cities are not a solution to homelessness, they do provide safe shelter while people seek out support on the road to stable housing.”

Alcohol, drugs, weapons, violence and open fires are banned and those staying at the location are checked for sex offender status

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  1. NorthEastPENN

    “and those staying at the location are checked for sex offender status”

    So what does this mean? If you are on the list you are kicked out the front gates? What if you are a single parent with young children and on the list? What then? Especially for your kids? You’re supposed to leave your kids at the tent city with total strangers because you are not allowed in? Yup, that is more safe for the little kiddies than being with their own parents.

    Sounds just like The Salvation Army – if you are on the “hit list” you are not welcome at one of their emergency centers and could die for all they care – natural disaster like a hurricane – seek shelter – “Nope sorry not if you are on the list!”

  2. Brandon

    How compassionate to ban people forced to register for the common good? Does Sally Clark seriously think people will be committing sex crimes at shelters; while other crimes go unnoticed? Sounds like Ms Clark needs to grow a heart and not be a grinch.

  3. AERO1

    That’s sad sex offenders aren’t even aloud to be homeless with the homeless.
    Same thing with the California rescue Mission’s they screen their homeless for sex offenders.
    I remember a couple years back i had fell on hard times and had to stay with family and friends when I went into the Santa Ana Police Department to register as Transit the cop doing my registration ask me “so where have you been staying every night” I told her iv been staying at the homeless shelter thrue out the city she laughed and said ok.
    Lilittle did i know that homeless shelters in orange county don’t houses sex offenders
    She flagged me and sent my file to A detective on sex offender taskforce who called me and ask me “where are you at right now and dont give me no homeless shelter BS because I know all the people who work at the homeless shelters in orange county and they dont take sex offenders.”
    At the end of the day I never told them where I was actually staying I ended up quitting my job I had a feeling that they were gonna show up a make a big scene in front of my coworkers.

    Good luck

  4. Facts should matter

    “Not meant to be punishment.”

    “Civil in intent.”

    Right……

  5. TS

    Right in line with the state which created the registry after Wesley Allan Dodd did his crimes there and warned the state of this thinking. It is the liability UW is concerned with should something happen.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t believe that it has to do with liability. A person convicted of heinous domestic violence is allowed in to live there. The recidivism on that crime is ridiculously high. It’s pretty likely another is attacked given enough time in the tent And WA knows this.

      • TS

        @Anonymous

        Consider liability what you want but since there’s no registration for the example you listed and there’s one for the excluded people they listed, UW knows the liability they face from their insurance and the state as a state university.

  6. outsider

    I have been homeless on this unconstitutional registry , and could be again the way things have been going , But I will say the last dang thing I looked for was a “tent city” you can defend yourself better in your own low key camp , and you don;t have to worry about the people that always bring the heat because of stupid drama, my rule of thumb is be an hours or more walking distance away from stores , and only leave early in the morning when its still dark and take care of all task for the day , and not go back till it;s dark and let none see you coming or going , never look homeless always stay clean , if your handy with a broom some of motels will let you wash your close every few days even shower at some , need a nice clean day pack , a tent with a brown tarp, just in case their are no leaves on the trees or heavy rain , small bottle of fuel for single burner stove and small lite cook ware , and a low degree sleeping bag with a good set of sheets inside the bag , basic . and don’t forget your tomahawk , add to or take away as you go , oh and always have a story ,

    Never tell anyone on the street where your camp is , you have zero friends safe state of mind , screw tent cities , lots of haters for sure . at least here in Cali , oh and I pick my camp spots long before I am homeless . I pick A different spot in every direction of where i live at the very least , and I check them out from time to time , some times I even I take a thermos of coffee and a newspaper to each spot from time to time and sit in my vehicle and see if they are good choices ,

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