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How 311 helps connect the homeless to services in Spokane

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

The city announced that it was adding two meters to their “Give Real Change” campaign to help the homeless in our community on Tuesday.

That campaign has already helped one person who was living at a homeless camp that KHQ reported on last week. It’s off of Division and Ermina and the city has been able to connect the man with housing.

“Just about half of the people that we make contact with on the streets move directly into housing,” says Jonathan Mallahan, director of neighbor and business services with the city of Spokane.

He says when people report encampments to 311, both police and outreach workers respond to help whoever is living there. That’s what happened in this situation.

“Encampments are dangerous places for people to live. We do have solutions so please call 311 and let us know so we can get that individual help,” Mallahan says.

You can call 311 to donate, round up on your utility bill, or drop off your loose change at the Give Real Change parking meters around town to help with the campaign. For a list of where all the meters are: https://my.spokanecity.org/news/stories/2017/10/10/give-real-change-donate-to-service/

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