Julie Happy, 509.625.7773
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 4:12 p.m.
As winter turns to spring, the warming center program in the City of Spokane will see some changes, while other services for those experiencing homelessness will proceed as usual.
For the 2018-19 winter season, the City, in partnership with non-profits, churches and private property owners, developed the largest-scale Warming Centers program ever within the city. The program included:
Here are the changes that will be implemented over the next few weeks.
The warming center program was a temporary solution for the winter season to keep those experiencing homelessness sheltered during cold temperatures and winter conditions. The City now is working with the regional Continuum of Care and other partners to advance the community shelter system based on best practices, historical analysis, and the needs of our community.
“We are looking at service sites that are distributed throughout the community and better meet the needs of those who use those services; we are looking at targeted capacity shelters outside the downtown core,” says Kelly Keenan, the City’s Community Housing and Human Services Director. “Additionally, the priority for the City is to move our vulnerable citizens into permanent and safe housing solutions. It will take our community working together to find the best answers.”
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.