YOU CAN FIND THEM ON THE STREET CORNER ASKING FOR
MONEY OR HANGING OUT DOWNTOWN.
MORE MONEY IS ON THE TABLE TO HELP OUR HOMELESS POPULATION
GET BACK ON THEIR FEET.
KXLY4'S KYLEE CRUZ IS WORKING FOR YOU TONIGHT.
WITH THE CITY'S PUSH TO CURB HOMELESSNESS IN SPOKANE,
SPECIFICALLY WITH VETERANS.
THESE VETERANS SERVED OUR COUNTRY, BUT FOR ONE REASON
THEY ENDED UP ON THE STREETS.
BUT IN SPOKANE.
WORK IS BEING DONE TO CHANGE THAT CYCLE.
IN JUST THE PAST FEW WEEKS.
THE CITY OF SPOKANE AND GOODWILL WERE AWARDED NEARLY
$8-MILLION DOLLARS IN FEDERAL GRANTS TO HELP THE HOMELESS
when they ask you.
where are we sleeping tonight? and you don't have
it's a heartache as a mother
WITH NO PLACE TO CALL HOME.
TONIA ELMORE AND HER FAMILY DIDN'T KNOW WHERE TO GO.
i literally sat with the phone book in a little bitty
hotel room and started calling every place that i
could to find resources to help our family
TONIA'S HUSBAND ROLF IS A NAVY VET.
THEY JUST MOVED TO SPOKANE FROM NEBRASKA IN EARLY
JUNE TO GET ROLF BETTER MEDICAL CARE.
along the way our budget was shortened due to health
reasons and cost of travel and things i hadn't budgeted
THEY WERE OUT OF LUCK.
i was at the end of my rope strings, didn't know what
and they saved me
THAT SAVING GRACE.
they put us in a motel room, they got us some gas,
food, they pointed us in the right direction to find
THE ELMORE'S GOT HELP FROM GOODWILL'S SUPPORTIVE SERVICES
FOR VETERAN FAMILIES PROGRAM -- CALLED S-S-V-F.
SINCE LAST FALL, THE PROGRAM HAS HELPED 180 AT-RISK
VETERANS IN THE AREA.
everything is literally taken care of, i probably
would have been living out of the back of my truck
right had it not been from the help of ssvf
AND, MORE VETERAN FAMILIES WILL CONTINUE TO GET HELP!
TODAY, THE MAYOR OF SPOKANE ALONG WITH GOODWILL'S
ANNOUNCED $8-MILLION DOLLARS IN FEDERAL FUNDING IS
COMING TO SPOKANE.
AIMED AT HELPING HOMELESS VETERANS.
everything has been coordinated so well there is just
no way a person could fail on this program
GET MORE PEOPLE OFF THE STREETS, AND IN A PLACE THEY
CAN CALL HOME SWEET HOME.
IN JUST A FEW DAYS.
THE ELMORE FAMILY WILL GET KEYS TO A NEW RENTAL HOME.
RIGHT NOW, THE FAMILY IS LOOKING FOR JOBS.
GOODWILL IS ALSO HELPING THEM WITH THAT PROCESS.
AND, ACCORDING TO A SURVEY CONDUCTED IN JANUARY.
HOMELESSNESS AMONG SPOKANE VETERANS DROPPED BY 36-PERCENT
FROM LAST YEAR.
THE CITY HOPES WITH THESE ADDITIONAL FUNDS.
THAT NUMBER WILL CONTINUE TO DECLINE.