City Responds to Unseasonable Weather

Kirstin Davis, Communications Manager, Neighborhood & Business Services, 509.481.7223


Friday, September 27, 2019 at 4:07 p.m.


UPDATE - Saturday, Sept. 28, 3:10 p.m.

Spokane’s network of community shelters and service providers for those experiencing homelessness have adjusted to capacity demands resulting from the unseasonable weather the region is experiencing this weekend.

Reports indicate all shelters were at or near capacity Friday night and in to Saturday. City of Spokane Firefighters made contact with between 80 and 100 individuals who were grateful for concern and information.

Fire personnel gave out 80 blankets, and STA bus passes were distributed to assist those needing transportation to shelter and warmth. The City has included hand warmers to distribute.

Police patrols as well as homeless service outreach teams indicate there were very few people on the streets Friday night and today. Teams are continuing outreach efforts today.

Some shelters indicated a need for additional supplies Saturday, including food and supplies. 2nd Harvest and Giving Backpacks stepped up to provide deliveries to providers. Jewels Helping Hands also contributed to efforts by providing services.

Streets & 311

The City Street Department has not had any reports of downed trees and other street impacts as a result of weather. My Spokane 311 services have not seen an increase in inquiries, but will be available until 5:00 p.m. today and between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday for city residents who have questions about services or information.

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ORIGINAL RELEASE - Friday, Sept. 27, 4 p.m.

Unseasonably cold and wet weather, combined with windy conditions, is anticipated over the weekend and the City is prepared in a variety of areas for impact.

Streets

The City Street Department is prepared to manage any downed trees and other street impacts as a result of precipitation. Paving work that had been planned on the south end of the Monroe Street Bridge and on Spokane Falls Boulevard between Lincoln and Monroe is being postponed because of the forecasted weather conditions. My Spokane 311 services will be available Saturday and Sunday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. for city residents who have questions about services or information.

Those Experiencing Homelessness

A variety of services are available for those experiencing homelessness. An overview of those services can be found in the Downtown Spokane Homeless Resource Pocket Guide.

Emergency Shelter:

  • House of Charity – 32 W. Pacific Ave
  • Hope House for Women – 111 W. 3rd Ave
  • Crosswalk for Teens – 525 W. 2nd Ave
  • YWCA Shelter for Domestic Violence (call 509-326-2255)
  • Open Doors Family Shelter – 2002 E. Mission
  • UGM Men’s Shelter – 1224 E. Trent
  • UGM for Women & Children – 1515 E. Illinois Ave

Drop-In Day Centers:

  • Women’s Hearth (for women) – 920 W. 2nd Ave
  • City Gate – 170 S. Madison St.
  • House of Charity – 32 W. Pacific Ave
  • Cup of Cool Water (ages 24 & under) -1106 W. 2nd Ave
  • Crosswalk for Teens – 525 W. 2nd Ave
  • Open Doors for Families – 2002 E. Mission

Additionally, there are community partners who can provide space and staffing if necessary for those who do not have adequate shelter. The Spokane Fire Department will complete welfare checks of vulnerable individuals who are out in the weather. The City has coordinated with community partners and providers to activate additional facilities and services if necessary. If transportation is a barrier, STA bus passes will be provided or City responders will transport if necessary.