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Homelessness decreases in Spokane
Homelessness decreases in Spokane

Spokane's annual Point-In-Time Count of homelessness in Spokane shows a significant drop over the last year.


A census taken on January 24th of this year found 1,030 homeless individuals living in Spokane. This a 13 percent decrease over last year and a 19 percent change since 2011 according to the PIT Count. Spokane's first homelessness census was done in January of 2006 and counted 1,592 individuals.


The city cites increases in permanent and rapid re-housing options, and a coordinated regional assessment program for homeless families.


“Our approach is tailored to provide the right level of assistance, at the right time and in a coordinated manner to direct resources where they are needed most,” says Jerrie Allard, director if the City's Community, Housing, & Health Services department. “We invest significant dollars into affordable housing and effective social services programs to quickly house and stabilize our homeless population.”


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Washington State Department of Commerce require the city to submit an annual regional homelessness census.


“We recognize that the Point-In-Time Count is simply a snapshot of the homeless population on that day and know that we still have significant work to do to reduce homelessness in our community,”Allard says.


Spokane has a goal of reducing homelessness in the city to 796 by 2015, data from the PIT Count identifies sub populations in need of greater support and helps track progress towards the 2015 goal.


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