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Sep 30, 2011 17:57
Category: Religious News

Seattle Tent Cities

     SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle City Council will vote Monday on an
ordinance that would allow churches to host homeless camps without
a permit or time limit.
     The Seattle Times reports that other private groups or
individuals would still need a temporary use permit, which can cost
up to $2,000 and take several months.
     An agreement that allows private tent cities expires in March.
     Since the beginning of the 10-year Plan to End Homelessness in
2005, the city has provided funding to build or remodel 1,800
housing units for the homeless. But the annual homeless count in
January found 2,400 people on the streets of Seattle and its King
County suburbs.