Cannon Shelter opened at maximum capacity
SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane’s homeless lined the street on Saturday, eager for the City’s newest warming center to open.
The first floor of the Cannon Shelter opened at 4 p.m. and more than 30 people lined up.
In a post to Facebook, Julie Garcia with Jewels Helping Hands said, “We are joyous about our opening and helping 30 people survive. It is heartbreaking to us that we aren’t able to help more people.”
Once fully opened, the shelter will be capable of fitting 120 people. But complications with meeting safety requirements have delayed the second floor from opening.
The City still needs to put in fire exit signs and replace a door, among other improvements.
In the meantime, the City said the first floor of the shelter can hold 49 people- staff included- with sleeping accommodations for up to 30.
“It is heartbreaking to us that we aren’t able to help more people,” Garcia said in her post. “Fix the door!! The need is great!!”
While more than 30 people showed up, Garcia told 4 News Now some people stayed outside, hoping a spot would open up.
A bus would also be taking those experiencing homeless to other shelters at night.
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