There are many ways to heal bodies and spirits,
and shape minds and lives.
Give the poor incentives to better themselves.
- Transitional housing offers the homeless, including youth who age-out of foster care, and some former inmates, help integrating into society.
- Some transitional homes are faith-based and run by churches. Others are for profit and run by people who make money by providing this service. Residents are charged rent to live in these homes.
- 70% of all homeless people have mental illness, which makes it
especially difficult for families to take care of homeless relatives.
To avoid wasting time and effort with pre-conceived ideas,
listen carefully to the organizations serving the homeless
to determine their actual and greatest needs.
- Teach the reality of homelessness to others.
- Local Churches can help. The
500 Christian congregations in Spokane can play a great role in helping
our community and the government to take care of the needy. There are
those who misunderstand the commonly advocated principle of “separation
of church and state.” Traditionally it was meant to prohibit the
establishment of an official national religion, not to keep religion and
government entirely separate.
- Ask the members of your church to sponsor one homeless individual or family
each year, to help reduce our homeless population. Many of the
churches located in the downtown area are already giving extensive
service to panhandlers, the homeless, and others in need of food, gas,
money for a bus ticket, clothing, employment, and 12-step programs.
Although there are many government and social service agencies which
provide assistance in the downtown area, these churches are often the
first place people turn to for help.
- Volunteer with interfaith organizations to open your church at night to shelter homeless families. Serve meals, chaperone over night, and provide transportation. (contact Family Promise of Spokane)
- Offer to help a homeless person search for employment.
- Adopt a homeless or needy family for a holiday. This does not require personal contact—you can work with an agency.
- Help secure shelters for the homeless, so no one is forced to stay outdoors in cold weather.
- Contact the agencies which support homeless programs—community
food banks, shelters, family support centers, substance abuse centers,
outreach programs, housing authorities, and church-run programs.
- Offer to help a homeless individual or family transition into permanent housing and employment.
Make up a list of household items needed, and ask members of your
congregation to donate the needed household items. Some of the items
needed may be a table and chairs, sofa, lamps, floor rugs, kitchen
towels, pots/pans, mixing bowls, cookie sheet, 9x13 pan, plates/bowls,
glasses/cups, silverware, utensils, spatula, mixing spoons, measuring
cups/spoons, can opener, small appliances, microwave, mixer, blender,
cleaning supplies, dish and laundry soap, broom/mop, vacuum, toilet
brush, sheets/bedding, crib, etc.
- Contact the Human Services Department in
your city to learn about the homeless situation. Homeless people in rural areas often move to the
larger cities where services are more available.
- Organize and distribute supplies (hygiene products, school supplies…) to groups that provide assistance to the homeless.
- Attend the monthly Spokane Homeless Coalition meetings. Spokane needs a one-stop shop for the homeless coalition.
- Help at a homeless shelter,
serving food, washing dishes, sorting and distributing clothes, and
visiting with the people living there. Ask if you can help answer
phones, type, file, or sort mail. Help tutor children and adults.
Donate your skills and time to share your hobbies, cut hair, and
entertain with music, games and crafts.
- Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for those in need. Donate
your time or money to Habitat for Humanity – Each of these homes is
built with either donated materials or purchased with donated funds.
The average Habitat home takes 1,350 volunteer hours to build.
Volunteer individually, with a friend, or organize a Habitat work day
with your family, workplace, neighbors or faith community. Call the
volunteer coordinator at (509) 534-2552 Ext 21 to get involved. To
qualify for a home, each family must donate a minimum of 500 hours
toward the project.
- Share your cell phone with a homeless person to
allow him to make contact with family members, especially during the
holidays. Many family members are not aware of the plight of their
homeless relatives, and are willing to assist them.
- Help a family move into a permanent home.
- Donate clothing and hygiene items to a homeless shelter,
or the Classy Rack thrift stores which support our homeless community.
Classy Rack stores are operated by Union Gospel Mission.
- Prepare and hand out homeless packets containing items like toothbrushes, a list of resources, fast-food coupons.
- Donate backpacks to agencies dealing with the homeless community. Homeless people need backpacks to carry their possessions.
- Donate a bike or helmet, or
volunteer to help repair bikes, to Pedals 2 People. This nonprofit
organization supplies refurbished bicycles to many of the homeless
shelters in Spokane, as well as other communities. These bikes enable
many homeless to get to school, work, the employment office, or a job
interview. Surplus bikes are also sent to other countries. For more
information, contact Pedals 2 People, 981-3348, or email
- Donate property to store useable household items (furniture, bedding, kitchen items) which can then be given FREE to those in need.
- Welcome Kits. Provide
welcome kits (such as personal hygiene, cleaning supplies, household
items) for those living in temporary shelters, or moving into permanent
- Donate new or used clothing.
- Donate personal hygiene items,
gift certificates, household items, cleaning supplies, bedding,
furniture, food, etc. to those transitioning into permanent housing.
- Home Repairs. Donate materials and employee time for construction and repairs of homes and apartments which house the needy.
- Donate Property. Donate
property or a building to house the homeless or low-income. Landlords
with available housing may list their vacant units on a free,
centralized, Web-based housing site located at http://onestophousing.org.
- The Habitat for Humanity Store
provides the funds for Habitat for Humanity-Spokane in order to
eliminate poverty housing. They request donations of architectural
antiques, antique and vintage home furnishings, and collectibles. These
items will be offered for sale to the public to help raise funds to
support Habitat’s home-building projects in our area. The Habitat Store
is located at Trent & Hamilton, and is open Monday-Saturday, 9-6
p.m. To make a donation, or arrange a pick up, please call (509)
Assistance finding shelter in Spokane City limits.
Homeless Family Coordinated Assessment Assistance finding shelter in Spokane County,
(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.
Please do not call the homeless shelters. The Assessment team will assess your
situation, and direct you to the agencies which serve your particular
Felons: They can provide a list of felon-friendly housing. Every apartment complex has their own requirements and restrictions.
outside of the City of Spokane.
Spokane County Homeless Prevention (HPRP) Spokane Homeless Coalitionhttp://www.spokanehumanservices.org/homeless-coalition
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.
Go to http://www.spokanecountyhprp.com to complete an eligibility pre-screening for an application. Learn whether 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.
(Teen moms 16-21)
(Women 18-21 & their children)
2300 E Boone
Crisis Residential Center
201 W 6th
Housing and Essential Needs (HEN)
(a program of Washington State DSHS)
The HEN Referral program provides access to essential needs items and potential housing assistance for low-income adults who are unable to work for at least 90 days due to a physical or mental incapacity and are ineligible for Aged, Blind, or Disabled (ABD) cash assistance.
Eligibility for a referral to the HEN program is determined by DSHS. Eligibility for HEN housing assistance is determined by the Department of Commerce through a network of homeless and homeless prevention service providers.
HEN assistance may include: 1) Limited rent and utilities. 2) Personal health and hygiene items. 3) Cleaning supplies. 4) Transportation
For more information and a list of local Housing and Essential Needs service providers, please visit: https://deptofcommerce.app.box.com/s/8nt4mgmr3izkj9juizisji9w6igdgjd6
Life Services’ Paula’s House Maternity Home
(21 and under)
2659 N Ash St
Safe Harbor House
9116 E Sprague
SNAP Financial Access
456-7627, Ext 4100
Help people keep homes they own,
when facing foreclosure. No rental assistance or funding if they are facing eviction.
SNAP Homeless Services
212 S. Wall
(509) 456-7627, Ext 3100http://www.snapwa.org/~snapwa/services/housing/homeless-housingprograms
For those who are homeless, on the street, or living somewhere without utilities. Singles and couples without minor children. Walk-ins are welcome Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 1:00 pm.
Extended-stay rates for weeks or months
Crossland Economy StudiosSpokane Housing Authority (SHA)
12803 E. Sprague Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
Fully-equipped kitchenettes in every room.
Laundry facility. STA bus-stop on site.
Rooms have refrigerators and microwaves
3 locations in Spokane County
3033 N. Division StreetMotel 8
1508 S. Rustle
1919 N. Hutchinson
(West of Spokane)
11102 W. Westbow Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99224
55 W. Mission Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201
Contact for Rental Assistancehttp://www.spokanehousing.org
127 E Nora Ave
Transitional Living Center
(Women & Children)
3128 N Hemlock
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Wash. State Coalition for the Homelesshttp://Endhomelessnesswa.org
National Coalition for the Homelesshttp://nationalhomeless.org
State Homeless lobbyistmailto:SethDawson@worldnet.att.net