Warming Center Negotiations Near Agreement

Julie Happy, 509.625.7773

Friday, November 16, 2018 at 4:37 p.m.

The City of Spokane is currently negotiating agreements with a number of local organizations to provide a network of “Warming Centers” for those experiencing homelessness in our community to access this winter. Negotiations include; logistics, staffing, capacity, and key partnerships. Once negotiations are complete, the City will be able to submit a package of final agreements for a Warming Center network for the City Council to approve.

On Monday, November 12, City Council approved funding for two initial warming center components for winter 2018-19. These resulting contracts with Open Doors for families with dependent children, and with Women’s Hearth and Hope House for adult women, expand operational capacity for nightly and daily accommodations to provide people reliable safe spaces during the cold weather months. This will allow for no gaps between services and hours of operation for these targeted populations

In addition to supporting a Warming Centers program for the 2018-19 winter season, the City provides ongoing operational support to 14 emergency shelter and transitional housing projects and is actively working with community partners to advance the targeted-capacity shelter system. Citizens interested in helping are encouraged to consider participating in or donating to the 2019 Everybody Counts Campaign.