Homeless Activities

Homeless Activities


Spokane County receives document recording fees (primarily through the recording of mortgages) for Homeless Housing. These fees, commonly referred to as 2163, 1359, 2331, and/or 2048 funds, are collected for homeless housing purposes as documents are recorded. Approximately 40% of these funds are forwarded to the state. The remaining 60% is retained for local use in the county.

The funds are designated to assist low-income persons only - those earning less than 50% of the Area Median Income.

Homeless Services Project- County Wide Project Name Amount Funded
Catholic Charities - St. Margaret's Homeless Shelter $80,000
Family Promise of Spokane Homeless Shelter $50,000
Salvation Army Emergency Shelter Operations and Services $50,000
Spokane Neighborhood Action Program (SNAP) Homeless Shelter $48,000
Transitional Program for Women RRP $32,000
Volunteers of America Hope House $40,000
YWCA ADV Shelter Program $100,000

Re-Entry Initiative


Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department, in partnership with Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners, has implemented a Re-Entry Initiative in order to assist persons exiting correctional and qualified mental health institutions, as well as other specified programs within Spokane County.

To be eligible, one must be exiting an institution such as, Spokane County Jails, Prison Work Releases, and other institutions currently defined within the program. Additional eligibility criteria are that you meet the definition of homeless and are considered low-income by HUD standards.

Our screening is designed to take approximately 4 minutes and will determine your eligibility for the Spokane County Re-Entry Initiative. We invite you to participate in our screening by clicking below.

Oxford Houses Update


A question was asked at a stakeholder meeting as to why Oxford Houses won't be considered as permanent housing for persons exiting incarceration. The reason that Oxford Houses aren't considered as viable permanent housing options for purposes of this program is because there is no actual lease between the landlord and the tenant.

Complete the re-entry initiative application.
 

Consolidated Homeless Grant Program


The Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG) is a grant provided by the Washington State Department of Commerce. The CHG program is designed to remedy homelessness by quickly re-housing individuals and families. Spokane County pays rental assistance to landlords for clients that remain in good standing with housing stability plans.
 Applicants must be unsheltered County residents, exclusive of City of Spokane or fleeing from domestic violence.
 
Interested applicants must pre-qualify for the program application by taking the online eligibility survey or by calling 2-1-1 between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday- Friday.

Statewide Housing Locator (Landlord List)


House Bill 2048 passed in 2012 which requires that an Interested Landlord List be established and available to households eligible for public rental assistance dollars. The intent is to connect private landlords that do not traditionally receive the pass-through of these housing dollars, with eligible clients. Jointly, Spokane County and the City of Spokane work to encourage all landlords across Spokane County to register to increase the likelihood of being a recipient of public rental assistance dollars. In addition, Spokane County and the City of Spokane hold bi-annual meetings to receive feedback from local landlords on the functionality and/or any challenges with the website.


Attention Veterans at Risk of Homelessness


Veteran's Services
For more information on Veteran Services, read this county document (PDF).

Washington Connection


Let Washington Connection help you and your family find the benefits and services you need. You can learn about additional benefits and programs and then check for eligibility and/or apply. This site will also allow you to browse for resources, programs and services provided by many of our partner agencies.

Washington State offers a variety of health and human service programs. To learn more visit the Washington Information Network 211 website or dial 2-1-1.