Spokane City Council approves homeless shelter lease

E. Trent property
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SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane City Council approved a lease agreement for the city’s upcoming homeless shelter in East Spokane.

The lease was approved with a 6-1 vote. Councilmember Karen Stratton was the only one to vote against it.

The facility, owned by B. Stone Properties LLC, is expected to be ready for occupancy around August 2022. It will serve as a low-barrier shelter occupying 150-250 unhoused individuals.

“This new shelter option will create an opportunity to connect individuals who are struggling day-to-day because of homelessness,” says Councilmember Michael Cathcart.  “Many of whom are residing in illegal camps across our city – with much-needed access to case management, services, and support that provide a bridge to stability.  The anticipated outcomes for Spokane’s unhoused community members are encouraging.”

The lease agreement includes a lowered monthly management fee from previous drafts and a possible option for the city to buy the building in the future.

The council will have to finalize a service provider agreement and outfit the shelter before it can be opened. Contracts are currently being negotiated with the Guardians Foundation and Salvation Army for operating the shelter and providing wrap around services.

“I think the approval of the Trent lease is an important step forward in providing shelter and services to the most vulnerable in our community,” says Councilmember Jonathan Bingle.  “Summer is upon us, and it is only a matter of time before temperatures become extreme. And in reality, winter is just around the corner, so we need to be ready to serve those who will ultimately need help in extreme heat and cold.”

The council is scheduled to be briefed on the operator agreement on July 11.

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