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Fauntleroy UCC votes to lease Camp Second Chance

By Steve Clagett

A Nov. 22 community meeting applauded the announcement that Fauntleroy UCC members had voted Sunday to lease Camp Second Chance. 

The New Team includes Eric Davis, Camp manager and co-founder; Mark Worden: Tiny House Build co-leader; Sheryl Guyon, Fauntleroy UCC lay leader; Tomasz Biernacki, Tiny House Build co-leader; Cinda Stenger of Alki UCC, and Leah Atkinson-Bilinski, pastor at Fauntleroy UCC.  Photo from Fauntleroy

The camp of 48 tiny houses ,providing transition housing to homeless individuals, was in danger of closing in March as a temporary Seattle land use permit expired. 

Alki UCC members built 30 of the 48 houses. 

Fauntleroy UCC’s decision to lease gives the encampment continued life under a special Seattle land use provision when the underlying property is owned or leased by a religious institution.  Camp Second Chance was developed and is managed by LIHI, the Low-Income Housing Institute.

Fauntleroy pastor Leah Atkinson-Bilinski told what the encampment means to her church.  She witnessed God guiding them to this commitment and finding God through the loving and empowering community the Camp Second Chance residents maintain, even as the community continually changes membership. 

Forty-four percent of residents succeed in finding permanent housing.

“To be honest, we found God’s love when we walked into Camp Second Chance,” she said.

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