WA State House Rep Marcus Riccelli implores Spokane to extend warming shelter contracts

SPOKANE, Wash. - In a letter to Spokane Mayor David Condon, Washington State House Representative Marcus Riccelli implored the city to extend the contracts for homeless warming shelters.

In the letter, Riccelli says that he "spent this past Saturday evening at two of our warming shelters to better understand the situation with my own eyes and ears. I experienced the best of what our city offers, as well as, our collective failure."

Riccelli goes on to talk about the struggle he saw, as well as the pain and suffering. He even describes how he saw "one of the most horrific and extreme cases of frostbite you could imagine to hands and feet of a person."

Riccelli says that he looks forward to working with local officials, non-profits, businesses and citizens to find solutions to put all people first and make certain nobody is left out in the cold to die.

"However, today I write out of one of the most pressing needs, that in your capacity as Mayor, you can address with immediate action," writes Riccelli. "It is my understanding that all contracts for the warming shelters end on March 31, and there are no contracts to continue services after that. I ask that if there is a plan you communicate it, and if there is no plan that you take immediate and emergency action to ensure continuity of services one of our most at risk populations."

So far, KXLY has not received any comment on the letter or what he will do in regards to the order from Riccelli.

We will update this story with more information when it becomes available.

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