The Director of Transform Yakima Together, which operates the homeless shelter Camp Hope says he's hopeful a long term solution can be found to help Yakima's homeless population. Andy Ferguson says they'll close the indoor facility on June 30 and re-open the Camp Hope on city property behind the former K-Mart property on East Nob Hill. But Ferguson says they're looking for help from the city is creating a permanent homeless shelter in that same area. "If we had long term use of the property we could make a plan. We could do a capital campaign to build a campus out there to serve the homeless."
Ferguson, who appeared on The Morning News on KIT Wednesday says they continue to meet with city officials and officials from the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments. He's hopeful the city will allow the creation of the permanent location and also help with finances. And while the Englewood Avenue location will close at the end of June the outdoor Camp Hope will open on city property near the wastewater treatment plant. An area they hope will become the site for a permanent camp.
But Ferguson is also hope for help from the community by contacting council members and donating to the cause. You can contact Andy Ferguson at 426-2929 or e mail andytransformyak@gmail.com.