The next step to ending homelessness in Spokane is here, according to the Catholic Charities. The organization just opened their Father Bach Haven Home to end chronic homelessness.
“This is a five-and-a-half year dream come true for the poorest of the poor in Spokane,” Executive Director Rob McCann said.
The $11 Million, fully-furnished complex was paid for through the state, investor funds and tax credits. It has 50 studio or one-bedroom apartment units.
“I was homeless off and on for about three years,” Daniel Gobroski said. “I feel like I've won the lottery, I really do, I feel very blessed.”
Gobroski is easily overwhelmed by the new life he's been given. Very few of Spokane's chronic homeless get the dignity of living in such a nice facility.
“The good lord has really looked after me, I cannot say enough for this building, it saved my life,” Gobroski said.
McCann said the Father Bach Haven Home is the next stepping stone for the homeless who are on their way to a stable, independent life.
“This is the next step, we have to get people out of shelters and into stable housing, and then stabilized, and then we'll move these folks out of Father Bach Haven to an even nicer Catholic Charities apartments,” McCann said.
Once they're moved out, it makes room for the next shelter resident to begin their more stable life.
“The cycle of poverty is very strong, and it's very often filled with suffering, this is the cycle of how to get out of poverty,” McCann said.
If you'd like to visit the Father Bach Haven Home it's at 108 South State Street.