Group operating Yakima homeless shelter plans to close

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The group that’s been running a homeless shelter in Yakima says it plans to close the facility at the end of June.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that Transform Yakima Together says it recently withdrew its application to make the site permanent and plans to close the shelter June 30.

In a letter to city officials, the group’s executive director Andy Ferguson cited local residents and business owners vowing to fight the shelter as well as a more than $1 million price tag to bring the building up to code as reasons to not pursue a permanent shelter.

The group wants to instead establish a permanent location on city-owned land to the east of a former Kmart and has asked for the city’s help with zoning and leasing the property.