After two months of searching for a venue, Washington County will open a manged outdoor camp for the houseless at the Westside Commons in August.
The camp is an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the houseless community by reducing the number of people living at four other informal camps in the area.
Safe Sleep Village will have 50 physically distanced camp sites in the paved parking lot of the Westside Commons (previously referred to as the Washington County Fair Complex). There will be access to meals, bathrooms and showers and a cooling/warming center in the Cloverleaf Building.
Outreach workers will visit the existing informal campsites and refer people interested to the Safe Sleep Village. Project Homeless Connect staff will manage the village 24/7.
This emergency response to COVID-19 is funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It will open August 4 and stay open until December 1. After that, campers can transition to a severe weather shelter.