It's called Camp Hope. It's Yakima's temporary homeless encampment that's now open on property at the city wastewater treatment plant. Camp Director Andy Ferguson with Transform Yakima Together says they were at the capacity of 52 people Wednesday night, the first night the camp was open. Ferguson says to enter the camp you must agree to abide by some simple rules and he tells KIT News."For the most part people welcome the rules. And on the first night we were at capacity so we're happy with that."
Ferguson says the difference between Camp Hope and other homeless encampment is that it's fully managed with 24 hour security with rules designed to keep the camp peaceful. Ferguson can't say how long the temporary camp will be open. He says they're working with the city with plans to open a permanent homeless center in the Shiloh building at 100 Pierce Avenue in Yakima. Camp Hope is looking for volunteers and for groups wanting to serve dinner. They're also looking for water, snacks and blankets. You can learn more at camphopeyakima.com