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The capacity of a warming center operated by Jewels Helping Hands has more than doubled after the city completed repairs to bring the building up to code on Tuesday. The warming center can now shelter 80 adults overnight.
The long-awaited Jewels Helping Hands warming center opened Saturday in Spokane to serve 30 people who waited in line most of the day to get a warm bed and good meal.
Jewels Helping Hands will open a warming center for the homeless on Saturday, but with a capacity it says is far below the community’s need and a day later than it was supposed to.
“An additional serious concern related to the background of one of the nonprofit’s corporate officers has been raised to the city,” the city said Friday.
Two Guardians Foundation employees were injured Wednesday morning after a homeless woman attacked them with scissors at Westminster Congregational warming center.
The Salvation Army will opening its warming center for the first time this season tonight.
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.
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.
Due to extreme cold, Spokane will activate its Homeless Warming Center program tonight.
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.