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Blessings Under the Bridge finds new home less than 30 feet from old one

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Blessings Under the Bridge is in a new spot, and it’s directly across the street from their previous gathering place.

“We did not ask to be moved,” said Founder Jessica Kovac. “We want to stay.”

But Kovac didn’t have a choice.

Two months ago, Blessings Under the Bridge was told by the City of Spokane to move.

Communication and Marketing Director for the city, Brian Coddington, says the decision came down to a liability issue.

The non-profit organization is now on a public right-of-way. The previous lot was city-owned.

But Kovac says the shift has caused a lot of setbacks for Blessings Under the Bridge.

“Seventy-five volunteers are getting cut in half,” said Kovac. “Businesses don’t know if they should be sponsoring us. We’re usually booked out for months and they don’t want to invest their money because they don’t think we’re going to be there.”

Blessings Under the Bridge has served hot meals to more than 100,000 people for the last decade.

They will continue to meet in their new lot located off 4th Avenue and McClellan Street every Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Every Wednesday, Blessings Under the Bridge serves a hot meal to nearly 400 people who gather underneath Interstate 90 at 4th Avenue and McClellan Street.

But in a few weeks, the non-profit organization won’t be allowed to meet there, at least according to the City of Spokane, who gave them an eviction notice in May. Blessings Under the Bridge has until Sept. 1 to move or face penalties.

But according to the Founder and CEO of Blessings Under the Bridge, Jessica Kovac, they’re not going anywhere and have struggled to find a new place to gather.

“If it comes to it, we’ll move to the sidewalk,” said Kovac.

Kovac says following complaints from local businesses as well as Lewis and Clark High School, they were asked to move.

Kovac plans to meet with the principal of the high school to hopefully come up with a resolution.

Owner of Divine Corporation, Jim Redmon, says he doesn’t want it to become an “us versus them” situation but says something needs to happen.

“I think what they’re doing is wonderful,” said Redmon. “They’re God-loving people doing what’s best, but for us, it’s killing our business and it’s killing other people’s businesses in the area.”

Redmon says since Blessings Under the Bridge has been in its current location for the last four years, property crime has increased. Notably, Redmon says car and business break-ins, littering, and public urination has skyrocketed.

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