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.