City Receives Funding For Needy Families, Homeless

Two Grants Total More Than $3.5 Million

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 1:08 p.m.

The City’s Community, Housing and Human Services (CHHS) Department has been awarded two grants totaling more than $3.5 million for programs and services that help Spokane’s low-income and homeless individuals and families.

The larger of the two grants comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD selected CHHS for funding in its Continuum of Care (CoC) program, which is designed to promote communitywide initiatives to end homelessness. The funding amounts to approximately $3.5 million.

The CHHS Department also receives an additional $226,000 through a Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG) from the Washington State Department of Commerce. The state awarded the funding to CHHS based on the positive performance of some of the department’s projects to provide housing assistance and other services. The grant money will be administered through Salvation Army, YWCA, Transitions, Spokane Housing Ventures, Catholic Charities, SNAP, and Volunteers of America.

“This funding allows our community to provide supportive services and housing for individuals who are most in need,” said Jonathan Mallahan, The City’s Community & Neighborhood Services Director. “The City will work closely with our partners to ensure funding achieves the best outcomes for individuals and long term solutions to homelessness.”