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Tent City 4 awaiting permit for next move
Full story: http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=tentcity11m&date=20060811

By Anne Kim
Seattle Times staff reporter

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					JIM BATES / THE SEATTLE TIMES										Susan White sweeps out a tent before it is collapsed for the move. Tent City 4 will leave its current site in Woodinville, but isn't sure where it's going to go come Saturday.																																

After 90 days in Woodinville, it's time for Tent City 4 to move again. But the roving encampment of about 60 homeless people isn't sure where it's going next.

The encampment is scheduled to move Saturday from its current location outside the Northshore United Church of Christ in Woodinville to the parking lot of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in downtown Bothell. But the church still doesn't have the permit it applied for in early June.

If the Bothell permit doesn't come through, the 60 or so homeless residents could move to Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church, which expects to receive a permit from King County today. Bill Wiselogle, Bothell's community development director, said permit approval is expected today -- but with at least 25 conditions attached. A letter dated Sunday from the city to the church requested more information and asked for a response to potential conditions the city might impose. The letter also requested that Tent City 4 security workers not leave church property during their patrols and that church members help with patrolling.

Tent City 4 has written a letter to the city stating that it disagrees with the potential requests. "We have the right to walk in the neighborhoods in which we live," said Bruce Thomas, Tent City 4's resident camp adviser. The Bothell church and Tent City 4 plan to meet this afternoon.

The encampment has moved to Kirkland, Woodinville, Bellevue and unincorporated King County since its first Eastside location in Bothell in 2004. Tent City 4 has had contentious relationships with other cities. The encampment wrangled in court with the city of Bellevue last fall and more recently with the city of Woodinville. In May, Woodinville filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court seeking a court order to shut down the camp. A state Court of Appeals commissioner allowed the encampment to stay.

Anne Kim: 206-464-2591 or akim@seattletimes.com

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