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Warming shelters open around Spokane as temperatures plummet

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

As temperatures continue to fall around the Inland Northwest, SNAP and its partners want people to be aware of safe and warm locations for people to find refuge from the cold. 

Regardless of the temperature, warming shelters will be open to provide emergency housing for those living on the streets. Shelters are able to fit in as many homeless people as they can so they have a safe place to sit or stand. Homeless people need to be off the street to be protected, as cold environments can lead to hypothermia. Over 1,500 people in the U.S. die each year from hypothermia.

A list of warming shelters can be found below:

Individuals and Couples:

    House of Charity

    32 W. Pacific Ave.

    Spokane, WA

    (509) 624-7821

    (200 beds on the main floor, plus 109 beds for men upstairs)

    Pets are welcome as long as they do not disrupt others.

    Families:

    Salvation Army Homeless Families Safe Center

    204 E. Indiana Avenue

    Spokane, WA   99207

    (509) 325-6851

    (wheelchair accessible)

    Serving homeless families with children only (not couples or single adults).

    Maximum capacity:  30 individuals, including the children.

Other safe places include Hope House for women (111 W. Third Ave.) and Crosswalk for teens (525 W. Second).

The city of Spokane provides funding for Spokane's Warming Centers. For more information, contact Community Housing and Human Services:  http://www.spokanechhs.org/.

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