In 2016, the City of Spokane initiated a 24/7 Shelter System that ensures that all individuals and families experiencing homelessness, including those pets and a large number of possessions, will be able to stay together in safe shelter space regardless of the time of day or weather. The current sponsor of the family portion of the 24/7 Shelter System is Family Promise of Spokane. As of XXXXXX, Family Promise has expanded their Open Doors family day shelter program to include overnight sleeping for families experiencing an immediate housing crisis. At Open Doors families have access to food, supplies, showers, computers and laundry services as well connections to permanent stable housing through Homeless Families Coordinated Entry.
The Home and Family Assistance Program is a multi-system approach to serve a subset of high risk homeless families whose children have been or are at-risk of being placed in out-of-home care through the child welfare system. Community-linked services are provided to selected families through the implementation of supportive housing services. Expected outcomes are: a reduction in child welfare system contacts, reduction in child maltreatment and child removals, and reduced foster care placements. This program is a formal partnership between the City of Spokane, the WA State Division of Children and Family Services, the Spokane Housing Authority, and Transitional Programs for Women.