New city funded warming center opens in Spokane

New city funded warming center opens in Spokane

Homeless people in Spokane now have another place to stay warm at night.

A new, city-funded warming center opened at 213 East Ermina Avenue Wednesday night — the location of the former National Furniture Store.

The center, operated by Salvation Army staff had room for 50 people Wednesday but will expand its capacity to 125 in several days. The center also welcomes pets and is open from 8 p.m. through 7 a.m. seven days a week through March 31.

The city of Spokane said by next week, between warming centers and permanent shelters, there will be a place for every homeless person in Spokane to sleep indoors — a goal the Spokane city council has spent months trying to achieve.

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