Second Safe Stay Community opens in Vancouver

The City of Vancouver is taking a step forward this week in its efforts to help the homeless.
Published: Apr. 27, 2022 at 5:11 PM PDT
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VANCOUVER Wash. (KPTV) – The City of Vancouver is taking a step forward this week in its efforts to help the homeless.

The city’s second Safe Stay Community opened on Thursday. Located off of East Fourth Plain Boulevard, the community is just a few miles away from the first Safe Stay Community off of Northeast 51st Circle.

The first location opened in Dec. 2021. Program officials are hoping the new village is just as successful as the first.

“This gives a safer, healthier, more managed structured space for people to actually transition from,” said Jamie Spinelli, Homeless Response Coordinator for Vancouver.

Spinelli said the village was created for those in transition - getting off the streets and hoping for a permanent home in the future.

Safe Stay Community in Vancouver
Safe Stay Community in Vancouver(KPTV)

Edward Gresko, who moved in on Wednesday, told FOX 12 he has been homeless for 13 years and the streets haven’t been easy on him. After years of worrying about his belongings being stolen, he said he’s ready for a more stable lifestyle.

“I’m kind of tired of being homeless. That’s kind of what it was, and at least this will help me out until, hopefully, I get into housing,” he said.

The new facility features 20 temporary modular structures and can house up to 40 people.

The community is on city property and is managed by the Living Hope Church. Kids who attend the church’s daycare program came by the site Wednesday to deliver toiletries for new residents.

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