Yakima approves year-round temporary homeless shelter

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The Yakima City Council has voted to approve a contract amendment to allow faith-based Transform Yakima Together to operate a year-round temporary homeless encampment on city land through Nov. 15, 2020.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reported that the vote Tuesday was 5-1.

The plan, however, came with a stipulation: To keep the encampment labeled “temporary,” all residents would have to vacate the facility every five months, a requirement needed to ensure the city does not face liability should criminal acts take place at the camp.

Transform Yakima executive director Andy Ferguson has previously said the group anticipates residents would be given motel vouchers or another temporary shelter arrangement during the time they’re not allowed to stay at the camp.