City Receives Federal Vulnerable Population Grant

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740

Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 2:25 p.m.

The City’s Community, Housing, and Human Services (CHHS) department has accepted more than $4.6 million in federal grant money to provide housing, services, and shelter to assist individuals experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s HOME Investment Partnership American Rescue Plan Program Grant (HOME-ARP) funding covers a contract period ending on September 30, 2030. Funds received by the City cover individuals and programs within the city limits. Spokane County is eligible for a separate HOME-ARP allocation.

“This is another important funding source that furthers the execution of our plan as a City and regional partner to take care of our most vulnerable,” Woodward said. “Our CHHS team is pursuing every possible opportunity on behalf of the community to sustain the programs we already have and add new resources where it makes sense.”

The City Council voted today to approve the City’s acceptance of the HUD funds, which are allocated by formula to jurisdictions that qualified. HUD notified Spokane in late September that it was eligible for a program award of $4,628,671.

Hiring continues in CHHS to fill vacancies in the department. Several interviews for staff and leadership positions have occurred this month. Consultants have been engaged to assist staff with work monitoring, reporting, evaluation, and application needs.