Outgoing head of Spokane’s Neighborhood, Housing services praises mayor’s effort in resignation letter

Spokane City Hall

SPOKANE, Wash – He held the job for less than three months, but the man who led Spokane’s department of Neighborhood, Housing and Human Services praised the city’s effort to improve the situation for those living in homelessness on his way out the door.

4 News Now broke the story in mid-September that John Hall was resigning from the position and taking another job on the east coast.

The city council just appointed him in late June

Through a public records request, 4 News Now obtained a copy of Hall’s resignation letter.

In it, Hall thanked the mayor for letting him be a part of her effort to “address homelessness, housing affordability and housing availability.”

He credited the city’s opening of the new Trent Resource and Assistance Center and also the efforts to “implement seamless services for citizens during hazard [sic] weather conditions.”

“I am grateful for having been given the opportunity to serve in your cabinet, Mayor Woodward,” he wrote. “I observed first hand your active participation to reduce the affect [sic] of homelessness with the unsheltered, businesses, schools and the community. I was completely wowed with your recognition that no one community should bear the brunt of homelessness. In this way, you affirmatively further the principles of the Fair Housing Act.”

Hall’s resignation comes as the city, state and county disagree on what should happen at “Camp Hope”, a property in east Spokane where hundreds of unsheltered people have been camping since late 2021.

It also carries a much different tone than the resignation of his predecessor, Cupid Alexander. Alexander resigned the position and claimed the city manager treated him poorly because he was Black.

An investigation ordered by the city did not support those claims.

Hall’s resignation is effective September 30. He is returning the relocation allowance given to him when he was hired.

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