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City continues work on network of Warming Centers


The City of Spokane is negotiating agreements with local organizations to provide a network of Warming Centers for those experiencing homelessness this winter.

According to a press release, negotiations include; logistics, staffing and capacity. Once negotiations are complete, the City will be able to submit a package of final agreements for a Warming Center network for the City Council to approve.

On Nov. 12, the Council approved funding for two initial warming center components for this winter.  These resulting contracts with Open Doors (for families with dependent children), and with Women’s Hearth and Hope House (both for for adult women), expand operational capacity for nightly and daily accommodations to provide people reliable safe spaces during the cold weather months.

In addition to supporting a Warming Centers program for the 2018-19 winter season, the City will provide ongoing operational support to 14 emergency shelter and transitional housing projects and is actively working with community partners to advance the targeted-capacity shelter system.

Citizens interested in helping are invited to participate in the 2019 Everybody Counts Campaign.

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Tracy Simmons, who teaches journalism at Gonzaga University, is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 13 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash.

She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and for the Religion News Service.

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