Spokane facing warming shelter space shortage this winter

SPOKANE, Wash. - The warm weather might be sticking around for the next week but eventually it will get chilly in the Inland Northwest, and as of now some homeless men might not have a place to go on those cold nights.

It's hard to believe that winter is around the corner when we have such warm weather. But soon hundreds of homeless men and women will need a place to stay during the cold, snowy winter nights.

With the help of several non-profits, the city operates four warming shelters that open when temperatures dip down to 15-degrees or less.

Warming shelter shortage

These locations operate in addition to the regular homeless shelters in the area. There's one for youth, family, single women and men but as of now, no interest has been expressed from groups to house the homeless men.

The House of Charity has operated that shelter since 2006 but didn't renew its contract this year. In the past when the men's shelter is activated, the House of Charity typically saw about 40 people each night, sometimes upwards of 70.

As of now, no other groups want to take the men's shelter on.

The city does reimburse the warming shelter groups based on the numbers of people they serve and have extended the deadline for non-profits to become a warming center for single men.