Homeless camp relocates in Walla Walla

Homeless camp relocates in Walla Walla

The Walla Walla homeless camp has relocated from the Veterans Memorial Golf Course to a parking lot next to the City Service Center.

The Walla Walla Homeless Alliance and the city decided on the location, saying it needed to be somewhere safe and out of the way of residences or businesses.

“What we want to do is just put that burden of the impact of the sleeping site, whether it impacts residential or commercial properties, and put them more squarely on our shoulders,” said city Communications Manager, David Brauhn.

The camp can house up to 40 people. It has 32 personal tents and one overflow tent where 8 people can sleep at a time. The tents are light and airy for summer, though the Walla Walla Homeless Alliance said it will be transitioning to sturdier conestogas for the winter months.

“It is the most basic human need to have a safe place to sleep at night and we are so thankful we were able to do this,” said Chuck Hindman with the Walla Walla Homeless Alliance.

Hindman said people must be checked in from 6 p.m.-10 p.m., and must be checked out by 9 a.m. the next day.

The camp also has security personnel and a set of rules regarding drugs, alcohol, and behavior.