Bethiah Streeter, Community, Housing and Human Services, No Phone Number Available
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 2:21 p.m.
The City of Spokane has had a longstanding commitment to addressing the needs of our homeless community members. One of the efforts the city participates in is the Everybody Counts Campaign. This is an annual effort to get a point-in-time count of those that are experiencing homelessness. The next count is on January 25th, 2018. The Point-in-Time Count provides data used to complete grant applications and reports required by state and federal homeless service funders. This shows us service gaps, housing utilization rates, and the overall need for the Spokane area allowing us to strategically plan most effectively to meet these needs. Over 30 agencies participate in this every year!
Last year’s efforts to support our homeless community members expanded to include a city wide donation drive. We are excited to report that the 2017 donation drive was a success! Homeless outreach teams distributed these much needed supplies to individuals experiencing homelessness and provided additional support for our shelters with all that was given last year. This was only made possible through the generous donations we received from individuals and businesses within the Spokane community. Thank you!
We are happy to share that The City has decided to do another drive again this year! The drive will start Friday, December 1st and we will continue to accept donations until Monday January 22nd, 2018 so that there is time to sort and distribute during the count.
If you are interested in supporting the donation drive again this year the most needed items are listed below:
Although we are specifically targeting donations of the above items, we welcome financial contributions and other appropriate items as well. Financial contributions to the shelter system can be made by calling 3-1-1 or items can be dropped off at one of the following locations:
We will continue to share updates on the donation drive, planning for Everybody Counts, additional information, messages from providers and even stories of those with lived homeless experiences on our social media accounts, so stay tuned!
Your support is highly valued by the City of Spokane and the homeless members of our community. Please remember, only through your generosity can we combat the winter chill with warmth.
For more details about results from Point-In-Time results in 2017 and previous years, visit our website.