Sammamish church may host roving tent city

SAMMAMISH, Wash. - A Sammamish church could be the next home for the roving Eastside homeless encampment known as Tent City 4. Residents there are running out of time and options, with a deadline to move from its current site in Redmond by Oct. 19.

Now, Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church may extend an invitation to the tent city.

"It's an opportunity for the parish to kind of live out a core aspect of our mission which is to serve those in need," says pastoral administrator Rich Shively. "I'm glad that we're seriously considering it."

The church is holding a public meeting on the issue at 6:30 p.m. Friday for neighbors.

"We felt it was appropriate to have an opportunity for people in the community here to come and hear more about how tent city operates, answer any questions or concerns people have," says Shively, who notes that 90 percent of early feedback is positive.

This would be the first time Samammish has hosted Tent City 4, which normally rotates through other Eastside towns.

"We've gotten some (feedback) from outside the parish more strongly from people who have children in the school nearby or people from residences in the area," says Shively.

Church leaders plan to decide on the issue over the weekend. The encampment would still require a permit from the city of Samammish, something that city councilmembers can issue without comment.