Frequently Asked Questions

Camp Unity FAQ;

Where is Camp Unity Currently?

Our current location can always be found on our Contact page.

What makes you different than the other tent cities in the area?

We encourage the community to join us. We hold our weekly camp meeting Thursdays at 7PM. You are free to listen in, ask questions and give us any answers you may have to questions that arise. Any votes will be held by current Camp Unity Eastside residents themselves.

We have “Community Service” in order to give back. We are always seeking to implement more programs that we feel will help our participants and the communities in which we stay.

What is your new “Community Service” program?

We feel that while in your neighborhood that a small way to say how appreciative we are is to assist others whenever possible. The person who is unable to get their sidewalks or driveways shoveled in the winter, their leaves raked in the fall, anyone who needs assistance moving items. We have several individuals who have a great collection of skills. This is still in development and requires the community to come forth and help us in this venture.

What programs are you seeking to add?

We are seeking to add computer training, work resume assistance, mock interviews, trade skills, housing assistance and more. To tilt the odds in favor of getting someone out of homelessness you have to give them access to simple services.

We also know quite well the impact 100 people have in the community on our environment . The amount of garbage and waste we produce. We would love to lessen this impact by using bio-degradable and compost-able materials, we are in communication with several green project companies, including several new homeless camp implementations like solar, composting trailers and toilets, and several other means of doing so.

Safety and Security:

Q: What security measures does Camp Unity provide on its own?

A: We seek a positive relationship with the host cities by abiding to our Code of Conduct. Our Code prohibits alcohol, drugs, weapons, fighting, abuse of any kind, littering or disturbing neighbors. All residents must sign an agreement to abide by this code and failure to do so can be cause for temporary or permanent eviction. 7 Residents are set as Camp Supervisors that are responsible for site security, resident identification and donations management. A Camp Supervisor is always on duty, awake and available 24 hours per day. Police are contacted immediately if warranted by a situation. There is also an Executive officer and Senior Executive officer to oversee them.

Q: Are there background checks on Camp Unity residents?

A: Camp Unity residents are 18+ and required to have valid state or federal photo ID and all potential residents are checked for warrants and sex offender status by the King County Sheriff’s Department. People with active warrants are not allowed to stay at the camp. Police will be notified immediately of anyone rejected due to warrant status or that has registered sex offender status.

The Police Department plans to work with Camp Unity Eastside as it does for other tent cities.

Q: What happens if an individual is turned down or required to leave?

A: Our application pledges to take all reasonable and legal steps to obtain verifiable id from potential residents and use the ID to obtain sex offender and warrant checks. If a resident is required to leave the camp, they are given a bus pass and escorted to bus transportation. If bus transportation is not readily available, we will arrange for other transportation which could be a private vehicle or taxi service. If, in the opinion of our Camp Supervisors, any rejected/ejected individual poses a potential threat to the community, the police are contacted immediately.

Q: What other measures are proposed to ensure protection of public health and safety of local neighbors as well as temporary residents of any proposed Tent City?

A: Public Health Seattle-King County provides environmental health-related services to us in order to promote a safe and healthy living environment. They do on site visits regarding the maintenance and operations of toilet facilities, garbage control, obtaining potable water, hand washing and safe food handling practices. They visit each Tent City as it is established and monitor the situation there. Public Health nurses with the Health Care for the Homeless Network provide on site visits, first aid kits, resource information and work to help our residents gain access to community health care services.

The city may assign a code enforcement liaison to monitor our site. This Code Enforcement Officer would inspect the camp daily, including weekends, and ensure that there are no Municipal Code violations.

Q: What presence will the local Police have?

A: Their goal is to ensure public safety. They pledge city resources to properly monitor and respond to issues. Local police officers will make regular, routine walk-throughs of the site and gain familiarity with the residents and routines of camp. When necessary, police officers will conduct investigations and make arrests of those found to be in violation of criminal laws. Local Police have attended community forums and visited other our location in order to be prepared for any potential issues..

Q: What measures are proposed to handle garbage and human waste on proposed sites?

A: A dumpster will be provided for the handling of refuse and would be regularly collected. Residents are forbidden to litter the camp or the surrounding neighborhood. We will conduct regular patrols to monitor streets and sidewalks to ensure they are kept clean. We will provide well maintained, portable toilets sufficient to the needs of up to 100 people. Hand washing stations would be available adjacent to these toilets. Public Health staff members have monitored these conditions in other cities.

Q: Are open fires be allowed? Is fire prevention equipment available on site?

A: No open fires are allowed. We have fire extinguishers that are posted according to the directives of the local fire department. Local fire departments are welcome to visit the camp at any time. If the permit is approved, access for fire inspection would be a likely permit condition.

Meal Coordinating:

We have a meal coordinator email and calendar. Our meal coordinator can be reached via e-mail at

Please see the Meals page for more detailed information.


Meals are tracked with an online calendar. Click on this link to check available dates. The colored squares indicate that a meal is scheduled.

Please see the Meals page for more detailed information.


Please bring your meals ready to serve. The kitchen can only be used to keep food warm.


It is helpful for the meal to be served at 6:00 PM. There may be some exceptions and we will let you know as the date moves closer. Individuals should plan to arrive at the church at least a half hour early to begin set-up. On Thursdays, there is an all-camp meeting at 7 pm, so please feel free to join us on that night.

It would be helpful if your group provided paper plates, cups (paper for these items are best so that they can be composted), napkins and plastic cutlery (non-compostable plastic cutlery will be disposed of separately from the compostables). It is helpful to provide plastic wrap, foil, Ziploc bags, and/or clean plastic take-out boxes for residents to transport leftovers. Since the residents have only coolers for refrigeration, donations of bags of ice are always needed.

You are very welcome to join us and chat up at dinner.

We are open to beginning the meal with a prayer, if your group so chooses.


At present, plan for about 35 people, plus your own group. This is likely the only hot meal most residents will have all day. Please be aware that not all residents eat at the same time AND The leftovers will be eaten soon. You can email a few days before your scheduled TIME to get an accurate count of the number currently at camp. And we are able to assist with setting up and cleaning up after meals. Don’t be afraid to ask any of our campers if you need help


You should plan on approximately $250 to serve 100 people. Of course, this depends on the menu. For emergency use, the direct line into the camp is (425)652-9170.


Please visit our meals page for the latest meals coordinator contact information.

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