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Vestal: Homelessness up in Spokane

Officially, Spokane’s homeless numbers went up significantly this year.

Rob McCann thinks that’s great news.

McCann, the head of Catholic Charities, and officials with the city of Spokane have been on a mission that some might consider quixotic: Sheltering every homeless person in Spokane. They say the city came close to that over the past winter, with its expanded 24/7 shelter program at the House of Charity, Salvation Army, Family Promise and Hope House.

With just a few exceptions, McCann said, every chronically homeless person in the city had a place to sleep indoors. And that, he said, is why the city’s latest “point-in-time” count of the homeless population is surging/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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