WENATCHEE — East Wenatchee and Wenatchee have plans to build a low-barrier shelter in South Wenatchee — but what exactly does the term low-barrier actually mean?

Well, it depends on who you ask. But in general low-barrier shelters remove as many barriers as possible that would prevent individuals from entering a traditional high-barrier shelter, such as a requirement for sobriety or church attendance.

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Jesse Ballesteros puts slippers on his grandson, Mel Ballesteros, 2, at the Gospel House shelter in early 2019. The shelter transitioned to being low-barrier later that year. 

homeless camp/shelter map

The Salvation Army offered up property as a possible location for a low-barrier shelter in August, but since then, a homeless camp has popped up across the street in a Washington State Department of Transportation stormwater facility.  

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