Yakima City Council Hears From Camp Hope Operators And Supporters
The Yakima City Council took no action Monday following a meeting with officials from Camp Hope Yakima's homeless encampment located behind the former K-Mart on East Nob Hill Blvd. Camp officials are hoping the city renews a lease on the property now being used to house the camp. During the meeting Monday at city hall the camp had lots of vocal support including support from Verlynn Best, the President of the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce who's been concerned about the homeless issue impacting downtown businesses. "I am so greatful for this organization and what they are doing in our community. And what they're doing for our community downtown because its taking the pressure off our downtown businesses."
Camp officials want to make the camp permanent, operating year round with water and sewer hookups with buildings instead of tents. Camp Hope officials even want to create a tiny homes village at the camp. The council says it will continue to study the issue. Eventually the proposal will call for an environmental and code review before any final decision is made by the city council.