There is a Catholic church in our neighborhood and a Tent City is going to be there from November – February. Every year. A group (70 – 80) of otherwise homeless people live in tents on the church grounds and are supplied with food and such by the parish and are free to come and go to work. Somehow our in-the-door notice was misplaced before I ever saw it, so we missed the neighborhood meeting. What I have found seems to flip between incendiary and totally positive or is just mostly out of date.
I have not been able to ascertain what kind of supervision the tent city has during the day and night–a sign in the neighborhood says no guards at all and the anti-tent city web site says there are arrests at every stop. What would happen if a tent city resident were sick or injured at night? The church website hints that there are protesters and picket lines, which is not really what I was hoping for in our neighborhood either.
The liberal in me says that a tent city is a good thing and protesters might be a "teachable moment" for C. The message of service to your fellow man and responsibility to others is one I agree with.
The early morning runner in me, which is the one that is out at 6:30 am alone running past the church, is a little bit nervous.