Spokane City Council decides on warming center location

Spokane’s City Council has approved a resolution funding emergency shelter space for the homeless during the cold winter months. It will be located at 527 South Cannon, in the same facility which was used as a warming center last winter.

The motion was passed 6-0 in councilor Mike Fagan’s absence.

This resolution serves as ‘phase one’ of a larger plan to provide shelter services for the city’s homeless population, freeing up more than $1 million from the general fund to assist various homeless services in the city.

Around $500,000 will go to the warming center on Cannon Street, which will be operated by local non-profit Jewels Helping Hands. It will offer sleeping space to 60-120 people this winter.

The facility does come with some limitations, especially its lack of bathrooms and showers. City leaders said they plan to bring in mobile shower units for those utilizing the shelter to use.

The City Council also approved funds for overflow housing operated by Catholic Charities, as well as funding for Women’s Hearth and the Hope House.

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