City of Spokane
Community Update
April 12, 2022

In Woodward's Words
Mayor Nadine Woodward and City Council Member Michael Cathcart discuss adding police staffing stability which will help the Spokane Police Department hire new officers ahead of anticipated departures.
Walking with Woodward
Louis Sherry shares his story of giving. Sign up for the Vitalant Spokane Gives month blood drive!

Give Your Way with Spokane Gives
Give Your Way by signing up for a volunteer project today! These projects still need volunteers:

  • Downtown Graffiti Cleanup: The Office of Neighborhood Services needs volunteers for graffiti cleanup in our downtown core. Please wear clothes that you don't mind getting paint on. Paint equipment will be supplied. – Thursday, April 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Visit for more volunteer opportunities!
Your City at Work
City Negotiating Lease to Open On-Demand Shelter
Mayor Nadine Woodward announced today that the City is negotiating a lease to open a new on-demand night-by-night homeless shelter with wrap-around services in east Spokane.

The proposed shelter building, located at 4320 E. Trent, has more than 33,000 square feet of indoor space. It will serve adult men and women and operate 24 hours a day. Proposals from potential contract shelter operators are undergoing final review. Both the lease and shelter operator contract are subject to City Council approval. For more information visit our website.
Riverfront's Easter Egg Hunt
Join the fun at Riverfront's signature 10,000-egg Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny! Find a golden egg with prizes totaling up to $500 from River Park Square, Mobius Science Center day passes, Cosmic Cowboy Grill gift cards, and more! Easter egg hunt participation is free, details on our website.
State of the City Address
Mayor Nadine Woodward will give the annual State of the City address on Wednesday, April 27, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center. Register here!
Free Compost for Green Cart Subscribers
The City has partnered with commercial composter Barr-Tech on a Compost Giveaway program. Current and new subscribers to the “Clean Green” yard and food waste collection program can receive a free half-yard of finished compost from participating vendors! Visit our website to submit your request for free compost.
Shaping Spokane Housing
As part of the Housing Action Plan, the City is encouraging the growth of Attached Housing units, like townhouses. This encourages infill development and updates development and design standards to integrate with neighborhood character. Provide your input about the Shaping Spokane Housing plan at tomorrow's Riverfront Market.
Council Recap
Spokane City Council Member Zack Zappone recaps the Monday, April 11, City Council meeting.
Work Zone Awareness Safety Week
It's National Work Zone Awareness Week. The top three causes of work zone crashes are following too closely, speeding, and distracted/inattentive driving. Please keep our workers safe!
Emergency Medical Service Levy Renewal
The current 6-year emergency medical services (EMS) levy expires on December 31, 2022. The ballot question is whether to renew the levy at the same rate as approved in 2016. Watch for more information about the levy and what it funds. 
Riverfront Park Dog Park
You are invited to share your thoughts on what a future dog park in Riverfront Park could look like, through an online survey open through Friday, April 15. Take the survey!
Applying to the Housing Trust Fund
The Washington State Department of Commerce has a new funding opportunity for multifamily rental housing projects providing permanent supportive housing. Awarded grants will support the operation, maintenance and service costs for housing projects that received funding from the Housing Trust Fund or other public capital funding. Applications are due Saturday, April 16. For more information, visit the Commerce website.
Save Money with Water Wise
Our rebates are back and better than ever! Whether you're looking for residential or commercial, we've got rebates for everyone's needs. Visit our website and start saving today!
Coronavirus Information

COVID-19 Vaccines
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!
Access to resources online at:
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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
The City’s Emergency Rent Assistance Program has helped landlords and tenants avoid evictions due to hardships caused by the pandemic. Nearly all of the $27 million funding has been distributed and allocated. Online application portals administered by LiveStories and Family Promise of Spokane are currently paused for new applications. For complete information and current application information visit the City’s Resident Assistance page.
Host Your Next DEI Training With Us At No Cost
The Equity & Community Inclusion Center, inside the Resource Center of Spokane County, is a dedicated space that supports the Spokane Community in achieving a greater level of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The center is equipped with onsite accessibility services (available upon request) and lots of free parking. Schedule your upcoming DEI training at no cost to you or your business here. Note: Event capacity may be limited to 20 attendees to ensure the health and safety of all participants.

Walk-in customers are welcome, 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: Riverfront Park Community Open House
The public is invited to Riverfront Park for a Community Open House on Tuesday, April 19 from 3 - 7 p.m. Meet Riverfront's knowledgeable Event Managers who will be on-site to lead venue tours, provide event planning guidance, and answer questions. Riverfront has multiple spaces perfect for meetings, conferences, celebrations, and more in the heart of downtown Spokane!
On the Bright Side
Manito Park’s Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden is open for the season! Hours are 10 a.m. to half an hour before sunset.
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