David Lewis, HMIS Program Manager
Every January, the City of Spokane performs a One Day Count. The One Day Count is a community-wide count of the sheltered and unsheltered homeless population. This point-in-time count will occur on January 26th.
The One Day Count is extremely important in securing funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Local shelters will interview people staying at the shelter on January 26th. They will gather basic demographic information, the reasons for their homelessness and sources of income.
In addition, the homeless outreach teams will spend a week connecting with people who are not staying in shelters. They will ask them where they slept on January 26th and collect the same information.
For the first time our homeless outreach team will also be distributing much need supplies and Homeless Resource Pocket Guides to our most vulnerable population. We are asking the community for their help. From Monday, January 9 to Monday, January 23 we will be accepting donations. Drop off locations include; City Hall, the Downtown Spokane Partnership, and both the downtown and Shadle Public Libraries. We are looking for the following donations;
The City of Spokane has been working relentlessly to help the homeless population. In November, we announced the 24/7 shelter system that provides round the clock shelter services. With the help of our service provider partners we hope to provide a warm place for people to sleep. The City also has plans for a spring/summer donation drive too, as people’s needs change throughout the seasons.
Spokane is an extremely compassionate community and we are thankful for any donations you are able to give.
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