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Spokane Homeless Coalition
(a program of the City of Spokane Human Services Dept.)
314 S. Spruce
Spokane, WA 99201
509-625-6130

Contact: Rich Schaus
rich.schaus@ugmspokane.org

http://www.spokanehc.org


Purpose:
The Spokane Homeless Coalition is a collaborative effort of the individuals and organizations/agencies addressing the challenges of homelessness in the communities of the greater Spokane region.  

Through education, legislative advocacy, mutual support and a sharing of resources, the Coalition strives to prevent homelessness, as well as create the ability of the communities to respond to individual needs.

Monthly meetings are held at 9:00 a.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, 314 S. Spruce, Spokane. 


Chairman: Rich Schausl
535-8510
Duties:   Provide/organize training upon SHC requests.  Meets as needed.

Temporary Housing Providers Network: 
Duties: networking and information sharing among all housing providers and providers to discuss housing resources and services for the homeless.  This committee meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10:00-11:30am at the YWCA, 930 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA.   

Interagency Outreach: 
Duties: networking and information sharing for all outreach providers.  This committee meets every month and the next meeting is announced at the SHC monthly meetings.

Legislative: 
Duties: Be proactive about legislation that supports housing! This committee meets every month and the next meeting is announced at the SHC monthly meetings.


AD HOC COMMITTEES


Homeless Preference Vouchers: 
Duties: Coordinates and establishes procedures in collaboration with NEWHS for SHC referrals for homeless families and disabled individuals to potentially access set aside Housing Choice/City HOME vouchers which may assist up to 12 households to move from homelessness to permanent housing every month.

Hunger/Homelessness Awareness Week:  
Duties: Seasonal committee that meets half the year to plan, coordinate, and implement the events during the national “Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week in November.  This committee meets every month and the next meeting is announced at the SHC monthly meetings.

One Day Count:  
Duties: Seasonal committee that meets half the year to plan, coordinate, and implement the annual Spokane city and county-wide “One Day Count” in January.

Retreat:   
Duties: Seasonal committee that meets half the year to plan and coordinate the annual SHC retreat usually in October at which time the coalition reviews the By-Laws and sets goals for the upcoming year.  

Inclement Weather/Warming Centers:  
City Human Services/Leadership (media response)  
Duties: Seasonal committee that meets half the year to plan, coordinate and implement emergency shelters for the homeless in collaboration with the City of Spokane when the weather is forecast to be 15 degrees Fahrenheit or below

Homeless Family Protection Team:  
Duties: Coordinates and establishes procedures to address special needs of homeless families w/children and staffing available, if needed.




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