New indoor homeless shelter could become permanent

New indoor homeless shelter could become permanent

YAKIMA, Wash. - The indoor winter homeless shelter on Englewood Avenue that just opened last month could become permanent.

Transform Yakima Together submitted an application to the city to make the indoor shelter a permanent, year-round shelter.

Transform Yakima Together Executive Director Andy Ferguson said the first month indoors has been great and he can see a long-term use.

If approved, the shelter would operate 24/7 and they would be able to install a kitchen and bathrooms.

Ferguson said he is asking for the community's support.

"Help us to make this happen," he said. "We have nearly 100 people in there everyday including mothers with children and so providing that shelter for them, which we wouldn't be able to do at Camp Hope."

Ferguson said there will be a public hearing tentatively scheduled for February 8, to hear community concerns.

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