Yakima eyes homeless camp on city property

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Yakima – The Yakima City Council is considering establishing a homeless encampment on city-owned property.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reported that the council on Tuesday unanimously voted to explore the idea at a later date after member Dulce Gutierrez raised the issue.

Gutierrez said the city needs an encampment because there are only about 45 beds available at winter shelters and there had been about 80 people living at an encampment that closed in November.