Where did all the Pink Tents come from?

Since my last post on homelessness, I’ve been paying close attention to the downtown homeless population.  NPR had a great send up of the changing demographic here in San Diego and across the country.  Even though the winters here in San Diego aren’t too harsh, I’ve been wondering about how these folks continue to sleep out in the cold or rain every night.  Then a few weeks ago I noticed the tents.  At first one or two, but then recently I saw a nice orderly row of pink tents while I was out skating the other night.

You may have seen them yourself, especially if you’ve been around the Central Library or Post Office on G Street after closing or on C Street near the recently defunct Hotel Churchill.  Tents, many of them pink, have been popping up along sidewalks throughout downtown at night.

My question is: where did all the pink tents come from?  Is it a city thing?  A church donation program thing?  Were they surplus from somewhere?  If you know, please drop something in the comments because I haven’t been able to find out.

Here’s the original photo I snapped this morning, the washout above was just to highlight the incredible tent color:

2 Comments so far

  1. Peggy Gartin (thepegisin) on March 6th, 2009 @ 9:49 am

    I wonder if these tents are some kind of donation after the Breast Cancer 3-Day event? Would explain the pink, anyway (not your normal camping color).


  2. flash716 on March 20th, 2009 @ 9:04 am

    Yep, those are tents from the 3-Day. Here’s a photo of me and @melgordon sitting outside ours when were volunteers on the crew this year – 3-Day Tent



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