City Proceeds with Evaluation of Designated Warming Center Operator

Marlene Feist, 509.625.6505

Friday, November 8, 2019 at 1:36 p.m.

The City of Spokane is proceeding with further evaluation of Jewels Helping Hands, which has been selected to operate a warming center for those experiencing homelessness on South Cannon Street this winter. Jewels Helping Hands has been asked to vacate the location until the review is complete.

Final tenant improvements and life-safety requirements to allow for occupancy are proceeding, and the City is still working toward its goal of opening the facility no later than Nov. 22.

An additional serious concern related to the background of one of the nonprofit’s corporate officers has been raised to the City. The City will investigate the concern, while the other work is proceeding on the warming center. The goal is to ensure that vulnerable citizens and taxpayer dollars are protected.

The South Cannon Center is one part of the City’s winter plan to assist those experiencing homelessness. The center is expected to serve 60 to 80 adults initially and up to 120 over time. Additionally:

  • Truth Ministries has increased its nighttime shelter capacity to accommodate 50 more men.
  • Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington is supporting up to 45 more individuals who are part of families at their North Holy Names Court location.
  • Women’s Hearth and Hope House are providing additional hours of service to women.

These services are in addition to the regular network of shelter services for those experiencing homelessness.