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House of Charity loses funding

House of Charity loses funding

SPOKANE, Wash. - A budget shortfall means the House of Charity downtown can no longer stay open 24 hours a day.

Many more chronically homeless people in our area will be out on the streets.

House of Charity provides 109 beds to men on the second floor of their facility.

This year, the shelter was able to keep its doors open 24/7, allowing around 200 extra men, women, and their pets, to stay downstairs and out of the cold.

That was possible because the City of Spokane came up with the funding.

While the city is still contributing $750,000 to emergency housing, it's not enough to keep the House of Charity open around the clock.

President and CEO Rob McCann spoke passionately at a press conference on Thursday, asking the public to write their city and county leaders.

“We need to have 24/7 homeless sheltering as a fixed permanent line item in the budgets of the city, the county, and the valley. That is what we are asking for,” said McCann. “It's one and a half million dollars and it's something that gets us a solution.”

He said the money he's asking for would solve the problem of homelessness in our community.