WALLA WALLA, Washington – The Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners is frequently asked why they give money to the Sleeping Center, managed by the Walla Walla Alliance for the Homeless and funded by the city of Walla Walla. Commissioner Todd Kimball said it’s really just a transfer of money that goes to the city anyway.
“The funding actually comes from document recording fees that the county collects, but is really money collected from city residents,” Kimball said. “So city residents pay a document recording fee, those would go to the city if the city had a homeless coordinator, but they don’t.”
However, Kimball said the county does have a homeless coordinator.
“We collect all the document recording fees on that,” Kimball said. “Really, we’re just giving the city money that they are actually supposed to be collecting.”
As part of the agreement, the county gives the city about $100,000 a year. That money has helped the city move the Sleeping Center from the Walla Walla Service Center on East Rees Avenue to its new location at 1181 W. Rees Ave.
“You know the funds that we’ve used to assist the city of Walla Walla, this is Walla Walla’s sleep center,” Kimball said. “It is not a county sleep center. They’re the ones that put the ordinances in place, so they’re required to give them somewhere to sleep.”