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Combating Homelessness

TBT is proud to have regularly hosted Tent City 4 since 2006. Tent City 4 (TC4) is operated by SHARE and WHEEL which are self-organized, democratic, grassroots non-profit organizations of un-housed and formerly un-housed individuals. SHARE was founded in 1990 and WHEEL was founded in 1993. They work to eradicate homelessness, educate the community and empower those experiencing homelessness. TC4 is a temporary homeless encampment that has been located in the Eastside since May 17, 2004.  

Once again, we are honored to welcome our guests with Tent City 4! Our current hosting began April 9, 2021 and we are currently permitted by the city of Bellevue to host them until July 8, 2021.

TC4’s daytoday operations are managed by its residents. TC4 can provide tents for up to 100 residents, including single adults and couples; children are not housed at TC4 except for brief emergency periods. The residents monitor entry into the camp. Any prospective resident is screened to ensure he or she is not registered in the sex offender database or has an outstanding arrest warrant. TC4 has operated in Bellevue, Bothell, Issaquah, King County (unincorporated areas), Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond, Sammamish and Woodinville. Over the last two years, TC4 has helped 154 people find permanent housing.

COVID Precautions at TC4

All TC4 residents are tested for Covid-19 through the assistance of the King County Health Department on a bi-monthly basis. TC4 complies with King County Health Department’s Covid-19. Hand sanitizer is always available. Common surfaces are sanitized on a daily basis. Temperature and screening questions are conducted for anyone entering TC4. Any residents who appear to have Covid-19 symptoms will be transported to the nearest hospital for testing and quarantining.

TC4 Community and Communication

Beginning Thursday, March 25, Please join us on Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89616064527?pwd=TU5Oa1laYTBXRjQzclZNQ0lqdEk5UT09) at 6:30 pm to discuss anything related to TC4. We will hold meetings every two weeks for the duration of TC4's stay at TBT. Or, please call 208-254-1431.

 

 HOW YOU CAN HELP NOW

 Meals for TC4

Check out the "Meals 4 Shelters" calendar to see when meal donations are needed. If you would like to drop off a meal for TC4, send an email to meals4shelters@sharewheel.org. Email contact@TempleBnaiTorah.org if you are interested in learning more about any of the following: 

  • Donate to TBT's Mutual Aid Society
  • Volunteer in TBT's Mitzvah Garden 
  • Donate to the TBT Community Neighborhood Pantry 
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