Patacara Community Services is honored to announce that the nonprofit will be contracting with the City of Seattle to manage Camp Second Chance, a clean and sober encampment for unhoused neighbors located at 9701 Myers Way S. Seattle, WA 98108. Patacara has been the fiscal sponsor for Camp Second Chance since June of 2016.
“The city contract will allow us to improve camp services, and also expand the number of camp residents from 25 to 60,” says Polly Trout, Founder and Director of Patacara. “Our primary goals are to provide a safe, healthy, supportive community for people experiencing the trauma of homelessness and to move people as quickly as possible into suitable indoor housing.” The city contract will allow the camp to add garbage service, water service, city electricity, case management, and client assistance.
The camp would like to thank their neighbors in Top Hat, White Center, South Park, Highland Park, and South Delridge for their compassion and neighborliness. “We are looking forward to continuing to be good neighbors here,” says Eric Davis, Camp Site Coordinator. “We are committed to doing our part to reduce litter and crime and to provide kindness and care to those who are in need.” Patacara working with the Department of Neighborhoods to establish a Community Advisory Committee representing community stakeholders. The committee meetings will be public and the meeting minutes will be posted online.
George Scarola, The City of Seattle’s Director of Homelessness, says: “Patacara has built a strong program at Camp Second Chance. I’m looking forward to working closely with Patacara to help more people experiencing homelessness secure stable housing.”
The city contract will work on a reimbursement basis, which means that Patacara will need to raise $30,000 in seed money by March 1 in order to ensure good cash flow for the project. So far, private donors have invested $14,000.
Patacara Community Services is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Our mission is to offer compassionate service to those who are suffering. Currently, our programming focuses on providing compassionate service to our unhoused neighbors in King County.