Camp 2nd Chance isn’t at all like we would have imagined it. The people that are funding it, Patacara, a Buddhist group, organized the tour for the Community Advisory Committee. A couple of the Founding Members, were at the meeting. The city of Seattle, with whom they have a contract that brings them electricity, empties the trash and Porta Pottys, etc. like to think of it as a stopping off station for people that are clean, no drugs, no alcohol, on their way to a better life. A number of neighborhood people were at the meeting today. The complaints aren’t about 2nd chance, but about all the homeless people that have always been attracted to this general area.
A reporter was there from the West Seattle Blog, and that blog might be a good place for information on the meeting. It was outside, in an open tent. Airplanes going over, people not speaking up very loudly, etc. I missed a lot of the comments.
I was impressed by the camp. It is clean and tidy, has a community kitchen, TV theater room and computer room and a bunch of Porta Pottys. They are working to replace the tents with mini houses by November. One is being built onsite. Camp started with 14 residents. Now has 36, with approval for 50. They do outreach to the other homeless people in the area if they come to the gate and are hungry. I think they said that Tuesday was Shower Day, but I didn’t see anything that indicated that. Evidentially the homeless in the area could take part in that, too, I think.
May 7, 2017
1. Additional reports about Camp Second Chance
2. May 15th community meeting at Joint Training Facility
3. City-Sanctioned Encampments - six locations
Check for CAC meeting minutes under Camp Second Chance.
4. Camp Second Chance’s first Community Advisory Committee meeting
May 8, 2017 11:00 pm
By Tracy Record - West Seattle Blog editor