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Oct 6, 2011 5:17 PM by Joe Bevans

Seattle to allow ''tent cities''

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle City Council has voted unanimously to allow religious organizations to host tent cities for the homeless without requiring a city permit. There will be no limit on the number of such tent cities citywide. The ordinance approved Monday means faith-based organizations can provide temporary shelter on their property, subject to basic health and safety rules and a limit of 100 people per encampment. They won't have to notify neighbors and there is no limit on how long an encampment can stay in one spot. City Councilman Nick Licata said that with Seattle's homeless shelters filled to capacity, tent cities are "one solution." There are two current tent encampments in Seattle.

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