Spokane looking for warming center locations | News
From the City of Spokane:
The City of Spokane’s Community, Housing and Human Services Department is asking social service agencies to apply to act as “warming centers” for the homeless during periods of extreme cold weather for the 2013-14 winter.
Applications to become a designated warming center are available on the City’s Community, Housing and Human Services web site, www.spokanechhs.org. They are due to the City’s Community, Housing and Human Services Department on the first floor of City Hall by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
The sites, which are not set up to provide typical shelter accommodations such as a bed, would be opened at the request of the City as needed between Nov.1 and Feb. 28. These sites would be available in addition to regular homeless shelters located throughout the City, allowing more people to get out of the cold.
Warming centers are activated by the City’s Community, Housing and Human Services Department when temperatures are extreme and put individuals at risk. The money to reimburse the agencies for their costs when the centers are opened comes from the City.