Saturday, February 21, 2009

Good Stuff in TEC: Washington (State)

People living in cars looking for places to stay

Several churches are preparing to be home to car camps for people who live in their cars. A pilot project is already underway at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Ballard.

The Ballard Homes-for-all Coalition says they hope to convince other area churches to do the same – essentially creating mini tent cities, but with cars.

Every day, Richard Sexton drives around Ballard looking for a place to park his minivan – his home. Friday night he was outside St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

"I'm pretty much stuck between a rock and a hard place. I can't afford a place to live, so this is what we're doing for now," he said.

The Ballard Homes for All Coalition hopes the church can become more of a long-term home for people like Sexton. They have already worked out a trial run with St. Luke's to let one camper stay there with access to water, electricity, and trash services.

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