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A Quick Look at Camp Second Chance

Camp Second Chance is a clean and sober homeless encampment providing emergency shelter for up to 50 people in tiny homes The current population is about 53. The camp is managed by its residents in partnership with the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI). Camp Second Chance is one of ten encampments authorized and funded by the City of Seattle's Human Services Department as part of the City's emergency response to homelessness.

Camp Second Chance was founded in April, 9th 2016, when 24 residents split off from another, larger camp to establish an independent way of living. The current camp leadership is composed of Eric Davis who is the Special Projects Manager and Eric Pattin who is the Site Coordinator.

Eric Davis, Special Projects Manager, with the newly-built camp micro-office last summer.

The fortunate help the less-fortunate.

There is often a clear distinction between residents who are mature and organized and who have a plan for their life, as opposed to residents who are in the midst of crisis and whose lives are unstable. At Camp Second Chance, the mature and stable residents have made a commitment to help those who arrive at the camp without resources and without the ability to help themselves.

The first step is a strict enforcement of the rules against drugs and alcohol in camp. A camper who is intoxicated not only disturbs the peace of the camp with their out-of-control behavior, they also interfere with the efforts of other campers who may be trying to maintain their own sobriety. Alcoholism and drug addiction are rampant among the homeless, but active users are not allowed to live at Camp Second Chance.

Some residents arrive at Camp Second Chance utterly destitute, with only the clothes on their back and not a dime in their pocket. The camp provides these people with the fundamentals of stability – bedding and clothes, a safe place to sleep, basic sanitation and hygiene, and access to food. Working together as a team, the camp leadership, professional case managers, and volunteers from the community help people calm down from the constant crisis of life on the street so they can focus on solving the problems in their lives.