December 22, 2007
Home for the holidays, of course, means different things to different people. For more than 80 homeless people in Kirkland, Wash., “home” during this holiday season is a church parking lot. In the Seattle area, there are two officially-sanctioned tent cities. They’re part of the area’s shelter system. The tent cities move every three months or so. They’re collectively-run by residents, and have strict codes of conduct. They also have things like garbage service and showers. And unlike most homeless shelters, couples can stay together in the tents. That makes life seem a little more like home…especially during the holidays. Producer Sarah Gustavus went to meet the folks who call Kirkland’s tent city home.