City of Spokane opening emergency shelters, warming centers as temperatures dip
SPOKANE, Wash. – The City of Spokane will open additional emergency shelters and warming centers for those experiencing homelessness as more cold weather moves into the region.
Temperatures are expected to linger in the mid to high 20s over the next few days, with Tuesday night’s low expected to dip down to 14 degrees.
According to a release, city-wide programs are expected to see a surge in individuals and families seeking services over the next few days. As a result, the city has provided $45,000 worth of funding to activate additional capacity at City Gate for a minimum of two months.
City leaders said the funding will provide a temporary emergency warming center for up to 50 women as needed, therefore providing additional space for men in other locations.
City Gate officials said they expect to have the additional space available this week.
Since the amount is below the $50,000 threshold for Council-needed approval, city staff will expedite the administrative process. According to the release, City Council was briefed on the expenditure and showed support for the phased plan for winter.
“There has been consistent capacity in the system since we started winter operations; however we expect a surge in need with temperatures remaining so low over several days. The City would like to provide additional funding to support expanded operations and meet the increased needs,” said Community, Housing and Human Services Director Tim Sigler.
The following services will be available to those experiencing homelessness:
Emergency Shelters & Warming Centers:
- House of Charity for Men & Women
- Hope House for Women
- Crosswalk for Teens
- YWCA Shelter for Domestic Violence
- Open Doors Family Shelter
- UGM for Women & Children
- Truth Ministries
- Rising Strong Warming Center for Families
- Cannon Street Warming Center
Drop-In Day Centers:
- Women’s Hearth (for Women)
- City Gate
- House of Charity
- Cup of Cool Water (ages 24 & under)
- Crosswalk for Teens
- Open Doors for Families
The City has also reached out to other community partners that can provide additional space and staffing for those who do not adequate shelter. According to the release, the city has coordinated with those partners to activate additional facilities and services if they are needed. If transportation is a barrier, STA bus passes will be provided or city responders can provide transportation if necessary.
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