Eric Davis is a co-founder and the Resident Manager of Camp Second Chance, an independent authorized encampment in south Seattle. He shares with us reflections about how the camp works, about the people who live there, and how his personal faith moves him to help everyone who crosses his path.
Tiny-House Villages help homeless people regain autonomy, confidence, and relationships by providing kindness, connection, and emotional support. Andrew Constantino tells us that the value of the villages is not in how many people they move into permanent housing, but in the community they create.
Andrew doesn’t hate NIMBYs. He actually thinks they have a lot of valid points. (“NIMBY” stands for: “Not In My Back Yard,” and usually refers to middle-class homeowners, thought to be hostile to the homeless.)
For example, the City does spend too much money on homelessness, for too little results, with no decent plan. Also, it really is dangerous to have drug dealers and criminals running around loose! (But their victims are most likely to be other, law-abiding homeless people.) Andrew even has sympathy for the police. “Do you think the cops want to spend their days hassling people living in poverty on the streets?” No, it’s demoralizing!
Andrew believes that advocates for the homeless and middle-class homeowners have more in common than we realize:
“We can align our goals in a way that makes everyone feel good about what we’re doing, and that is actually helping people to have stable lives. And it will make our neighborhoods and our society safer and more stable. And ultimately, that’s what everyone wants.”