September 2021 Update

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You may have seen the article in the Yakima Herald-Republic on Sunday, August 29 regarding Camp Hope building a series of shelters to be placed on a church property in Terrace Heights. The question was asked of me: “So, how does this fit with what you are planning to build?” The short answer is: “It fits perfectly. Cottage Hill Village is the next step.” Camp Hope is building small shelters designed to be transitional housing for people who are homeless and probably have been living at the camp for some time. They will also likely have been working with a case manager for a while and are seen as ready for transitional housing. “Transitional housing” is where people can stay while getting ready for more permanent housing.

Cottage Hill Village can be that next step for them. We will accept referrals through Camp Hope or Yakima Neighborhood Health Services or other agencies, and will work with people who have been making progress and are ready to take the next step by renting an affordable place to live – not just a shelter or transitional house, but a home. Cottage Hill Village will be Permanent, Supportive Housing. Permanent – a person can stay as long as needed. Supportive – case managers will continue to work with them as long as needed. Housing – this involves a kitchenette, toilet and shower and bedroom, along with storage, all in one unit. Think of a small studio apartment, with its own front door and even a small porch.

Shelters are important; but shelters are not housing.

There are numerous agencies in Yakima helping people experiencing homelessness improve their lives and move into stable housing and become productive members of the community. One of the major pieces missing is more affordable housing for people who have some income but lack a permanent home. This is how Justice Housing Yakima, through Cottage Hill Village, will be part of the solution.

Your support is appreciated as we continue to move forward on this mission.

David Helseth,
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