Yakima’s Indoor Homeless Shelter to Close June 30
Yakima's shelter for the homeless operated by Transform Yakima Together will close in June as the organization seeks help from the city to meet the needs of the homeless in Yakima. Transform Yakima Together officials say the current indoor facility has caused too much of a disruption to the neighborhood. And the officials say it will cost upwards of $1 million to bring the building up to code. The letter sent to the city from Transform Yakima Together requests the city help in finding a permanent location for a homeless shelter East of the former K-Mart on East Nob Hill separate from the property used for a homeless shelter at the wastewater treatment plant. The organization also wants the city to give financial support to the effort. They say the plan to close the current indoor Camp Hope facility on Englewood Avenue June 30. Transform Yakima Together still plans to operate the outdoor facility on property at the city wastewater treatment plant but the permanent indoor facility will close at the end of June.
City officials are expected to talk about the issue at Tuesday's city council meeting at Yakima City Hall. The meeting starts at 6:00 p.m.