The Director of Yakima's homeless encampment Camp Hope says they'll open a winter shelter at a building on or nearby the South First Street corridor. However no specific building has yet been named. Ferguson says they hope to finalize the site soon they can begin preparing it to open in November. He says Camp Hope on East Nob Hill Blvd. has been a big success helping people and helping to change lives and he hopes to bring that success to a winter shelter. "So it's not going to be anything new for us other than having more people in less space. Camp Hope just moves indoors."
That shelter would operate 24 hours a day from November through March. Another overnight shelter is planned at a church building in Sunnyside for those who are homeless in the lower valley. Funding comes from the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments.
Ferguson says they hope to decide on a building as soon as next week.