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Use of warming center increases fivefold

More than 660 homeless people in Spokane took advantage of the Salvation Army’s consolidated warming center from November through February. Unlike past years when warming centers were opened at 20 degrees or colder, the Salvation Army opened when the forecast was for a low of 32 degrees or colder.

Arctic blast grabs hold of Inland Northwest

A new shot of arctic air sent shivers across the Inland Northwest as winds topping 30 mph drove wind-chill readings below zero. Spokane city officials and the Salvation Army announced that a warming center inside the charity’s community center at 222 E. Indiana St. would open starting Monday night.

Cold opens warming centers

The cities of Spokane and Coeur d’Alene on Monday activated warming centers in anticipation of extreme cold this week. Shelters in Spokane are authorized to open their doors to the homeless beyond the facilities’ bed capacity when temperatures are forecast to drop below 15 degrees and when the shelters were full during the previous 24 hours.