Camp Second Chance is an independent homeless encampment in West Seattle. The camp sits on unused, city-owned land on Myers Way, in the White Center neighborhood (map). The City of Seattle threatened to remove the camp by force in the fall of 2016, but backed down in the face of public outcry.
Camp Second Chance is now slated to become an “authorized encampment” under a plan proposed by Mayor Ed Murray. When this will happen, and what it will mean for the camp and its residents are unknown.
I make dinner for the camp every Sunday evening. Offerings have included chili, goulash, tuna casserole, and chicken soup made with frozen chicken thighs purchased by one of the campers. The camp’s kitchen tent is a rich source of donated food for other programs, because well-meaning people bring the camp more than the 25 residents can eat.
This camp is well-organized, having the benefit of experienced campers who split off from the larger Tent City 3. They have a Facebook Page and a close connection to Patacara Community Services, a Buddhist group that works in South Seattle.
» See also: Camp United We Stand