City of Spokane

Community Update

May 10, 2022


Walking with Woodward

Mayor Nadine Woodward and the Small Business Administration present Jessica Atkinson, CEO of Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop with the SBA Seattle District Young Entrepreneur of the Year award!

Your City at Work

City Re-Starts Shelter Operator Search Process

The City has re-started the process to select one or multiple providers to operate a possible new regional flex capacity homeless shelter with wrap-around services at 4320 E. Trent Ave. in east Spokane.

A new Request for Proposals seeks submittals for two separate project types – shelter operations and services – that help adult men and women escape homelessness. Providers may submit applications for one or both project types. Proposals are being accepted through Thursday, May 19, 5 p.m. Details on our website

Annual Snapshot of Spokane County Homeless Population Reveals Two-Year Increase

The 2022 Point-in-Time Count, conducted in compliance with federal funding requirements to provide an annual snapshot estimate of the county’s homeless population, revealed a two-year overall increase of 13 percent across all populations. Visit our website for details.

Bike to Work Week Kick-Off Breakfast

Start Bike to Work Week with a free hearty breakfast at the North Bank Shelter in Riverfront Park on Monday, May 16, 7 – 9 a.m. Spokane Bicycle Club will be flipping blueberry pancakes for hungry cyclists. Coffee will be provided by Roast House. Share stories with other cycling enthusiasts and learn about upcoming bike infrastructure projects. Click here for details. 

Swans Return to Manito Park via Sculpture

For the first time in almost two decades, swans now grace Manito Park's Mirror Pond via sculpture by artist Vincent De Felice funded by Washington Trust Bank!

The sculpture featuring a mated pair of bronze-cast mute swans to immortalize the community's love for the park, its beauty and history with the elegant birds. Learn more on our website

Historic Preservation Month

Join Spokane’s Historic Preservation Office (HPO) for a no-host Preservation Happy Hour! Chat with fellow preservationists and catch some announcements from HPO staff. After socializing, HPO staff will lead a walking tour of downtown Spokane’s west end. The tour will highlight the Riverside Avenue Historic District and the West Downtown Transportation Historic District.

When: Thursday, May 26, 5:30 p.m.

Where: West End Plaza outside Brick West Brewing, 1318 W 1st Avenue

How: Sign up for the tour now!

A Place I Can Call Home

A Spokane man, who was homeless for almost three years, explains how the region's new bridge housing program provided him with a better path to life off the streets.

Council Recap

Spokane City Council Member Karen Stratton recaps the Monday, May 9, Spokane City Council meeting.

Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan Survey

The Spokane Regional Transportation Council, in partnership with Spokane Transit, needs your help to update the 2022 Human Services Transportation Plan! The five minutes it takes to take this survey can make a huge difference on the future of transportation in Spokane County. Take the survey!

New Art At The Pavilion Art Space

Artist, Kim Reidt of Zappone Manufacturing, carved this prancing horse which was wrapped in copper and placed atop the Looff Carrousel building in 1983. Each roof shingle was embossed with a design intended to mirror this crowning sculpture.

The sculpture was preserved during the demolition of the former carrousel building. The original copper shingles were incorporated in the new design and adorn the exterior of the building to this day. The cumbersome base of the sculpture was re-engineered by Mark Anderson and students at the Construction Industry Training Council of Washington (CITC) creating a more versatile piece of Riverfront’s history to be enjoyed for generations to come. 

City Adopts Placard System to Indicate Reserved On-Street Parking Spaces

On-street paid parking spaces that are reserved are now indicated with placard signage. This is the next step in the renovation of the on-street parking system. Parking customers will see new visual signage at spaces that are reserved and not available for use.

Things for on-street parking customers need to look for:

  • Placards will be attached to meter poles at on-street spaces.
  • Reserved spaces for events or other uses will be red.
  • Reserved spaces for construction or obstruction will be orange.
  • Placards will indicate the date, start and end times of the reservation. Customers are allowed to park in the space outside of the times indicated. If a vehicle is occupying the space within the reservation time on the placard, it is subject to a parking ticket and towing.

For additional details visit our website

Coronavirus Information

COVID-19 Vaccines
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COVID-19 Testing Sites
Drive-up and walk-up COVID-19 testing sites are open to the community. These testing sites offer free testing and are open to anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or has recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Need Mental Health Help?
Contact 24/7: Frontier Crisis Line (877) 266-1818
Contact or Walk-In: Inland Northwest Behavioral Health (509) 992-1888

CHAS Health: (509) 444-8200

Excelsior Wellness Center: (509) 559-3100
Help for children, adults and families is available via telehealth.

Teen Text and Chat Line: 844-814-TEEN (8336)
Free confidential safe place service available to any teen or young adult.

Veterans Crisis Line: (800) 273-8255

Need Resources? 
Call Washington 211 at 2-1-1 or (877) 211-9274 to speak to a local agent
Text your Zip Code to 898211 or email
Apply for Basic Food assistance over the phone!
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Need Access to Food?
Contact SNAP at (509) 319-3050 or

Lutheran Community Services: (509) 747-8224
Intensive Behavioral Health, Victim Advocacy and Foster Care, are available.

Resident Assistance
The impacts of COVID have created hardships for people in many ways. The City continues to connect residents with available and eligible resources.
Utility Assistance
There are Resident Assistance programs for emergency help to pay for City utility bills, which include charges for water, wastewater, stormwater and garbage collection. Interest-free payment plans are also available for residential and commercial customers.

Rent Assistance

City of Spokane residents will soon be able to apply for $5.59 million in new Emergency Rent Assistance Program funds awarded by the Washington State Department of Commerce.

The application process for the funds will be announced in the near future on the City’s website after details such as a sub-recipient provider to distribute the funds to the community are finalized.

More than 2,470 households in the City have benefitted from the program that started June 1, 2021.

Spokane Rewards. Spokane Solves. Spokane Gives
The City of Spokane is a great place to combine community support with expertise. There are over 30 Boards, Commissions and Committees made up of volunteers who help shape our community. If you have one day a year, or one day a week, there is an opportunity for you. Pick your passion and get involved!

West Quadrant Tax Increment Financing Neighborhood Project Advisory Committee

The City of Spokane is seeking residents of the Emerson/Garfield neighborhood that would be willing to help the City determine how best to apply funds for public improvements within the West Quadrant Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District. As an alternate on the Neighborhood Project Advisory Committee, the successful appointee would be responsible for attending monthly meetings of the Committee, often to consider the application of TIF funds to public projects in the district, including various streetscape, sidewalk, utility, infrastructure, and affordable housing projects. Additionally, the alternate representative would vote in the absence of the primary representative and would be able to lend their voice and experience to discussions throughout the year on the TIF and the use of TIF funds.

Interested persons are asked to complete the City’s boards and commissions application form and submit it to the Mayor’s Office for consideration. Applications should be delivered or postmarked no later than Wednesday, May 25.

KHQ/WorkSource Job Fair is Back In Person

Our partners at WorkSource Spokane and the Spokane Workforce Council are collaborating with event sponsors KHQ, Wagstaff, and Chas Health to bring the annual KHQ/WorkSource Job Fair back to the community as a two-day event. The in person job fair will take place on Wednesday, May 11, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Spokane Convention Center, no registration required. The virtual job fair will take place on Thursday, May 12, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., via Premier Virtual, a state-of-the-art online job fair platform (online profile creation required for the virtual event).

All details for the two-day KHQ/WorkSource Job Fair can be found at

Walk-in customers are welcome to receive assistance with preparing for the job fair, no appointment necessary. To learn more about the Resource Center of Spokane County’s vital services, resources, and support, please visit their website.

Spring Dreams: Second Annual Asian Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Day 

The second annual Asian Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Day is Saturday, May 14, 1 – 8 p.m. at Riverfront Park. Guests can enjoy live music, various demos, dance, and a historical exhibit highlighting the contributions of the ANHPI community in Spokane. Come hungry and support the food trucks serving Laotian, Vietnamese, Chamorro, Hawaiian, Samoan and Filipino food. Click here for details.

If you would like to volunteer for this event email Charity Doyl.

On the Bright Side

City staff wrapped up Spokane Gives month at SCRAPS dropping off donations and visiting with the animals. If you would like to volunteer with SCRAPS click here

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