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Photo series: The tent city sheltering Seattle's homeless

 Reuters 17 June 2019

Seattle currently has six authorized homeless encampments, commonly referred to as tent cities, which are required to move every few months. There are also dozens of non-permitted encampments that have sprung up in city parks, under roadways and in vacant lots. This Reuters photo series depicts life in Tent City 3. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray hopes to introduce three new organized homeless encampments to be managed by nonprofits. His office believes the tent cities are essential to dealing with rising homelessness in the city. Last year's point in time count found 3,123 people living on the streets of Seattle and King County - up 15 percent from the previous year. (110 Words) - By Staff writer

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A sign on a tent is seen at Tent City 3, a homeless encampment in Seattle, Washington January 15, 2019. In January, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray submitted legislation to the City Council seeking approval of three new homeless encampments, saying the tent cities are needed to deal with rising homelessness.Credit: REUTERS/David Ryder

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Daune Montel (L) and husband Willie Fowler find shelter from the rain at Tent City 3, a homeless encampment in Seattle, Washington January 15, 2019. In January, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray submitted legislation to the City Council seeking approval of three new homeless encampments, saying the tent cities are needed to deal with rising homelessness.Credit: REUTERS/David Ryder

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Willie Fowler poses in front of the tent he shares with his wife at Tent City 3, a homeless encampment in Seattle, Washington January 15, 2019. In January, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray submitted legislation to the City Council seeking approval of three new homeless encampments, saying the tent cities are needed to deal with rising homelessness.Credit: REUTERS/David Ryder

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The food tent is fully stocked at Tent City 3, a homeless encampment in Seattle, Washington January 15, 2019. In January, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray submitted legislation to the City Council seeking approval of three new homeless encampments, saying the tent cities are needed to deal with rising homelessness.Credit: REUTERS/David Ryder

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Jeff Roderick is reflected in the mirror of an outdoor sink at Tent City 3, a homeless encampment in Seattle, Washington January 15, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/David Ryder

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A tent that sleeps ten men is shown at Tent City 3, a homeless encampment in Seattle, Washington January 15, 2019. Credit: REUTERS/David Ryder

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Illegal campsites are pitched on a sidewalk in Seattle, Washington January 15, 2019. In January, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray submitted legislation to the City Council seeking approval of three new homeless encampments, saying the tent cities are needed to deal with rising homelessness.Credit: REUTERS/David Ryder


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