Seattle church says growing homeless camp is scaring off worshipers

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SEATTLE, Wash. — Leaders at a church in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood said members of their congregation are fearful of coming to services because of a growing homeless encampment that has set up around their building.

Penny Peppes, the president of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption, said the city has not responded to multiple complaints about the encampment.

“We want them to get help, we want them to get off the streets. We don’t have the infrastructure as a small church to do that ourselves. We need help,” Peppes told KOMO News. “Our parishioners who come from all over are very worried about their safety. They are afraid to come. It’s beyond frustrating because it’s impacting our ability to come to church to worship.”

The church is located at the intersection of 13th Avenue and East Howell Street, just a block away from another growing encampment that KOMO News reported on last month.

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