Shelters and Warming Centers

  • "No one, no one should sleep outside.  We're better than that."  (Rob McCann, Executive Director, Catholic Charities, quoted in "Respite from Chilly Nights - Spokane shelters will be open overnight all winter," by Rachel Alexander and Kip Hill, The Spokesman-Review, November 2, 2016) 

    Warming Centers 2016.  Regardless of the temperature, warming shelters will be open to provide emergency housing for those living on the streets.  Shelters are able to pack in as many homeless people as they can, so they have a warm, safe place to sit or stand.

    Individuals and Couples:
    House of Charity
    32 W. Pacific Ave.
    Spokane, WA 
    (509) 624-7821
    Hours:  24 hours/day
    (200 beds on the main floor, plus 109 beds for men upstairs)
    Pets are welcome as long as they do not disrupt others. 

    Families:
    Salvation Army Homeless Families Safe Center 

    204 E. Indiana Avenue

    Spokane, WA
   99207
    (509) 329-2755
    Hours:  7:30 pm - 7:30 am
    (wheelchair accessible) 
    Serving homeless families with children only (not couples or single adults).
    Maximum capacity:  30 individuals, including the children.

    As of June 5, 2017:  The 24-hour shelter for homeless families will be:
    Family Promise of Spokane
    904 E. Hartson Avenue
    Spokane, WA 99202
    (509) 747-5487
    director@familypromiseofspokane.org
    http://www.familypromiseofspokane.org/

    The City of Spokane provides funding
    for Spokane's Warming Center. For more information, contact Community Housing and Human Services:  http://www.spokanechhs.org/

  • Couch Surfing.  Many of the homeless do not utilize our shelters.  Instead, they are staying with friends—“couch surfing” or trying to survive on the streets or in tent camps. 

  • The homeless need to be off the street to be protected.  There are no walls or door locks on a cardboard box.  Shelters, beds and affordable housing help curtain violent attacks against the homeless.  Cold environments can lead to hypothermia, depending on a person's age, body mass, body fat, overall health, and length of time exposed to cold temperatures.  A frail, older adult, infants and babies sleeping in the cold are at risk for developing mild hypothermia.  Shelters are willing to pack in as many homeless as they can fit so they have a warm, safe place to sit or stand.

    That being said, some shelters can also be violent and tough places.  When people choose to go outside, it’s a very difficult choice to make.

What You Can Do
  • Adults and children who volunteer in homeless shelters soon learn that many of the homeless are vets who fought in Desert Storm, Iraq, Vietnam, and Afghanistan are wonderful people.  Volunteers can help change the perception that violence against the homeless is cool.  If more people paused and got to know the homeless as real people, they would be amazed at some of the stories they would find. (NOTE:  Volunteers are not needed at the Salvation Army Homeless Families Safe Center.)
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 
(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 Spokane 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)
http://www.spokanecountyhprp.com 
(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.