City of Spokane to discuss findings of Community, Housing & Human Services audit Monday

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Just over a year ago, Mayor Woodward announced a third-party audit of the city’s Community, Housing and Human Services Department. On Monday, the City of Spokane will go over the findings of that review.

According to the city, the audit was conducted by the State Auditor’s Office. It was requested after Mayor Woodward said conversations with current CHHS staff gave the city “pause.”

Former city administrator Wes Crago was, at the time, in charge of that inquiry.

CHHS handles homeless and housing programs for the city, but Crago had no answers for 4 News Now’s questions; whether this review stemmed from the city’s contract with Jewels Helping Hands, whether money was mishandled or whether it had anything to do when then-outgoing CHHS director Kelly Keenan stepped down in the fall of 2019.

Mayor Woodward, Council President Breean Beggs, Councilmember Betsy Wilkerson and CHHS director Cupid Alexander will discuss the findings of the audit on Monday at 12 p.m.

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