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Dozens of homeless tents to go up on SPU Campus

Dozens of tents for the homeless are set to go up on Seattle Pacific University’s campus Saturday morning, despite a last-ditch effort to stop it. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE -Dozens of tents for the homeless are set to go up on Seattle Pacific University’s campus Saturday morning, despite a last-ditch effort to stop it.

University officials said a citizen filed a last-minute appeal to stop the camp from moving in, but the plan is still going forward. The parking lot near 3rd Ave. N. and Nickerson St will be transformed into Tent City 3’s new camp at 8 a.m.

About 60 homeless men and women will move from University Congregational Church to SPU, where they'll stay for three months until Feb. 10, 2018.

“I’m excited, it’s something I wasn’t sure about it at first but once I got to know more about it, it’s something I want to be involved in,” said student Izzy Koepping. “I think it will be a good experience, it will be eye opening for a lot of students.”

Students said this is an opportunity to learn more about helping the homeless in a safe place.

“I think SPU is a really safe place and I don’t think they would be doing this if they thought students were going to be endangered,” said student Emma Lunsford. “So I think that it’s great to have them here.”

SPU’s president said this move is part of their initiative to help students and the community understand the complexity of poverty.

"Hosting Tent City 3 is a concrete manifestation of Seattle Pacific University's mission to engage the culture and change the world,” said president Daniel Martin. “It provides our community a unique opportunity to care for and learn from our neighbor."

At this point, it's not clear when a ruling could come on that appeal to keep the camp from operating.

Officials said if people want to volunteer for the move in on Saturday or long term--they have information on their website.

This is not the first time SPU has hosted the tent city. It hosted camps in 2012 and 2015.

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