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Resources for Homelessness | Spokane, WA.
RESOURCES for Homelessness

  • "There are no throwaway people.  Every individual is precious.  How we respond to that is sometimes difficult, because sometimes they are difficult.  But God loves everybody.  God is very nonjudgmental."  Monsignor Frank Bach

  • "I believe (the homeless) can change, but I don't pretend it's easy.  Those of us who have all the blessings in life have difficulty changing.  To expect people with terrible backgrounds to change is asking an awful lot.  I don't pretend to know if you'll get 49 out of 51 (at Father Bach Haven) to live happily ever after.  But it's either this or you don't do anything.  And that's a great excuse.  Just don't do anything.  And then you won't get criticized."  (Monsignor Frank Bach, "The works of Bach," by Rebecca Nappi, The Spokesman-Review, January 20, 2013) 

  • Spokane Catholic Charities oversees more than 1,000 apartment units for seniors, low-income families and people with disabilities. 
Local Organizations
Additional Resources

If you need assistance with finding shelter, and are located in City of Spokane, please call Spokane's Homeless Family Coordinated Assessment, before calling the homeless shelters.  The Assessment team will assess your situation, and direct you to the agencies which serve your particular needs.
Homeless Family Coordinated Assessment (HFCA)
(a program of Catholic Charities)
Family Resource Center Bldg.
19 W. Pacific
(Myrtle Woldson Institute building)
Spokane, WA  99201
(509) 325-5005 (answered 24/7)
Walk-in Hours:  Monday - Thursday from 12:30 pm to 5 pm.

If you need assistance with finding shelter, and are located in the County and outside of the City of Spokane please contact:
Spokane County Community Services Housing,
and Community Development Department

(an assessment for homelessness and housing)
Spokane County Homeless Prevention (HPRP)
Go to http://www.spokanecountyhprp.com to complete an eligibility pre-screening for an application.
(866) 904-9060
Learn if you are eligible for an application for County-administered programs, connect to  City administered programs, access publicly and privately funded emergency shelters info, and link to Washington Connections website to apply other governmental benefits.
This program offers short-term rent to currently-housed people who are about to be evicted. Eligibility criteria include: residence in one of the County’s outlying areas, demonstration of 50% or less of the Area Median Income, lack of subsequent housing options and a lack of financial resources and support networks needed to remain housed.
SNAP - Singles Homeless Coordinated Assessment (SHCA)
(509) 456-7627
212 S. Wall St
Spokane, WA  99201
Email:  SHCA@snapwa.org
Hours:  Monday-Wednesday
Staring at 1 pm.
First Come, First Served.

SNAP - Rapid Re-Housing - provides time-limited financial and case management services to assist literally homeless individuals in obtaining permanent housing.

SNAP - Permanent Supportive Housing - assists individuals that are 'chronically homeless' and disabled with long-term housing and case management services.

SNAP - Transitional Housing - temporary housing provides homeless and at-risk individual with a housing unit and support services designed to decease barrier(s) to housing.

SNAP - Young Adult Housing - provides Transitional and Rapid Rehousing for ages 18-24 and emancipated youth.  Coupled with case management and life skills classes. 
SNAP - Childcare for Homeless Families
SNAP has a Homeless Childcare Program to help homeless families with free childcare for up to 90 days as they seek permanent housing, employment, and/or attend appointments.  In order to qualify, the family may not be receiving TANF or eligible for DSHS Working childcare Connections.  Please call (509) 624-4282 for an appointment. This service is located at the SNAP Homeless Services office.

SHELTER RESOURCES to call if you are:

9-1-1                     In Immediate DANGER

(509) 326-2255     Fleeing Domestic Violence

                             (YWCA's Alternatives to Domestic Violence)

                              Woman with Children and seeking a
                              crisis shelter

(509) 535-0486     (UGM Crisis Shelter for Women and Children)
(509) 325-k6810   (The Salvation Army Family Emergency Shelter)

(509) 455-2886     Single woman seeking a crisis shelter
                             (Hope House)

(509) 624-7821     Single man seeking shelter
                             (House of Charity)

(509) 838-6596     Teen seeking shelter

Childcare for Homeless Families:
SNAP has a Homeless Childcare Program to help homeless families with free childcare for up to 90 days as they seek permanent housing, employment, and/or attend appointments.  In order to qualify, the family may not be receiving TANF or eligible for DSHS Working childcare Connections.  Please call (509) 624-4282 for an appointment. This service is located at the SNAP Homeless Services office. 

Additional Resources:

CLOTHING - for children, teens, men, women

Blessings Under the Bridge
Spokane, WA  99201
(509) 869-6584
They serve a dinner for the homeless and those in need each Wednesday, 6-8 pm, under I-90 at 4th and McClellan in Spokane. 
Drop off site:
(for food, warm clothing, shoes, blankets...)
The HUB, 7503 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley, WA 
Email:  blessingsunderthebridge@gmail.com

Brigid's Cloak

Late night all-volunteer homeless outreach program.
Serves people in need in downtown Spokane.
email:  admin@brigidscloak.org, or onlinejoan@yahoo.com

Caritas Outreach Ministries
Northwest Spokane
(509) 326-2249
Northwest Spokane Churches work together to assist those in need,
providing services such as a food bank, energy and utility bills assistance. 

City of Spokane Human Services
(509) 625-6130

City of Spokane Valley - Human Services
Spokane Valley, WA

Community-Based Housing
(Volunteers of America)
(509) 328-4685

Community Centers in neighborhoods
Serve homeless and low-income families, providing food, clothing, financial help, health and social services.
DSHS Home and Community Services
Food, Cash, Medical assistance
Dept. of Social and Health Services - Washington State
(509) 323-9400
(509) 227-2200   North Office
(509) 227-2500   Central Office, 1313 N. Maple Street
(509) 227-2400   Southwest Office
(509) 227-2700   Valley Office, 8517 E. Trent Ave, Ste 202
Father Bach Haven
101 S. State St.
Spokane, WA  
Apartment building for the chronically homeless
(next door to House of Charity)
(509) 459-6187

First Call for Help

Spokane’s 24-hour crisis line at Spokane Mental Health
(509) 838-4428

Greater Valley Support Network (GVSN)
Opportunity Presbyterian Church
Pines and Main, Room A1
Spokane Valley, WA
Meetings:  9:30 am on the 2nd Thursday of each month
A collaborative effort of individuals and organizations, including churches, schools and nonprofits which discuss the challenges of homelessness and hunger in the Greater Spokane Valley.  Through education, advocacy, mutual support and sharing resources, they strive to help the community respond to homeless families and neighbors in need of basics. 
For more information: 
Aileen Luppert, Spokane County Librarian, (509) 893-8416

HEART (Homeless Education and Resource Team) is a program in place in various Spokane school districts, which is designed to address and support the educational needs of students who find themselves in temporary or transitional housing during the school year.
Spokane Valley
Homeless Education and Resource Team (HEART)

Spokane Valley & Spokane
509) 228-4114

Central Valley, East Valley and West Valley School Districts

Spokane Public Schools (city of Spokane)
Homeless Outreach Center
520 W Walnut
Spokane, WA
(509) 455-6275

School Districts in Spokane County
Each school district has a homeless liaison.
Contact your child's School Counselor. 

Spokane Homeless Coalition
Representatives meet from Spokane's homeless agencies, including meal sites, ministries and churches which serve those in need throughout the county. 
Monthly Meeting:   1st Thursday of every month, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
The Gathering House
733 W. Garland Ave.
Spokane, WA
email:  SpokaneHC@googlegroups.com

Spokane Housing Authority (SHA)
55 W. Mission Avenue
Spokane, WA  99201
(509) 328-2953
TTY 711
Contact for Rental Assistance
Provides affordable housing units and administers rental assistance programs in the region.   

TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
Federal program (formerly Welfare) provides cash assistance.
Designed to help needy families achieve self-sufficiency. 
80,000 people in Washington receive TANF, including 55,000 children (2015) 
(202) 401-9275 (Help for Families)

3128 N. Hemlock
Spokane, WA 99205
(509) 328-6702
Hours:  Monday-Friday, 8 am - 5 pm
A strong continuum of programs all designed and operated based on local needs that provide unique services for homeless and low-income women and their children.  The emphasis of all services is to work to end poverty and homelessness for women and children in Spokane. 
Transitions operates:  Women's Hearth, Miryam's House, Transitional Living Center, New Leaf Bakery Cafe' and New Leaf Cafe. 

Veterans Homeless Program
705 W. Second
Spokane, WA    99201
(509) 462-2500

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