March 9, 2009

Spokane warming centers to open

The Spokesman-Review

The city of Spokane announced that two warming centers are being opened today at the House of Charity, 32 W. Pacific Ave., for single men and the Salvation Army, 204 E. Indiana Ave., for families with children and couples from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The centers are intended to serve homeless persons when the temperature is forecast to drop to 15 degrees or colder. Spokane’s forecasted low tonight is 14.

Two other shelters - Crosswalk and Hope House in downtown - currently have space available. Crosswalk serves independent youth and Hope House takes in adult women.

The two warming centers will provide places to stay overnight when regular shelter space is full. The warming centers do not provide full lodging, but rather a place to get out of the cold. They are opened through a city-sponsored program to prevent homeless people from being exposed to severe cold.

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