A community forum is set for Thursday at a building on South 36th Avenue to talk about opening a winter shelter for homeless at that location. It'll be operated by Transform Yakima Together which runs Yakima's homeless encampment called Camp Hope behind the former K-Mart on East Nob Hill Blvd. Executive Director Andy Ferguson tells KIT News people had the same concerns about camp hope when it opened. "I think we've won all the neighbors over...the Greenway, the trucking company and the Arboretum all think that Camp Hope is a good neighbor. And essentially the winter shelter will be Camp Hope inside a building."
The community forum is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 1510 South 36th Avenue. Entrust Community Services is now using the building but plan to vacate soon and lease the building to Transform Yakima Together.
The plan is to open the indoor winter shelter in November when Camp Hope shelter near the former K-Mart closes.
Funding for the winter shelter program comes from the Yakima Valley Conference of Governments.