City of Spokane
Community Update
April 19, 2022

Walking with Woodward
Mayor Nadine Woodward welcomes three new Spokane Police Department laterals.
Give Your Way with Spokane Gives
Give Your Way by signing up for a volunteer project today!
These projects still need volunteers:

  • Spring Clean Week: Join Downtown Spokane for a downtown-wide community clean-up and celebration of spring! Activities include litter pick-up, preparing green spaces for spring plants, and graffiti removal. Friday, April 29, 3 5 p.m.

Visit for more volunteer opportunities!
Your City at Work
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!
WheelShare: A Review of 2021 and Looking Ahead in 2022
In 2021, Lime riders logged more than 450,000 rides, covering 400,000 miles across City streets, paths, and bike lanes. This year, Lime will upgrade all scooters to a new model with better braking and reduced marking, to be followed be a major upgrade to the new Gen4 vehicles. Read more on our website.
Shaping Spokane Housing
Short term rentals are allowed in residential areas of the city, and there are requirements that are designed to help ensure they are operated in a safe manner and do not significantly affect the residential character of neighborhoods. A short term rental can be operated in a commercial zoning district, but instead of being classified as a residential use, the building is viewed as a hotel/motel land use. Provide your input about the Shaping Spokane Housing plan at tomorrow's Riverfront Market.
Council Recap
Spokane City Council Member Jonathan Bingle recaps the Monday, April 18, Spokane City Council meeting.
Assessing Streets Goes Hi-Tech
You may have seen a truck drive down your neighborhood street with technical equipment mounted on the back. The City now contracts with Transmap to gather the information using a combination of video cameras and lasers to determine pavement condition. Learn more on our website.
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. Election Day is Tuesday, April 26, click here for a list of ballot drop box locations.
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!
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 [email protected]
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 [email protected]

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.
Resource Center of Spokane County Turns Three Years Old Today
Congratulations to all partners that have been a part of the journey from our HUD EnVision Center grassroots to becoming a social services one-stop center.

“Today, you’re all three years old and we continue to thrive because of your dedication and commitment to replacing challenges with hope. Partners, thank you all for your hard work,” said Jennifer Morris, RCSC’s Director.

The RCSC is pleased to share the success story of our former customer Mandie, who was able to achieve her dreams with the help of our social services center’s programming and integrated community services!
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: SpoCanopy Tree Planting
The Lands Council’s SpoCanopy program is partnering again with our Urban Forestry and Park Operations teams to mitigate damage from the 2021 windstorm. Sign up to volunteer at this tree planting event in Comstock Park on April 22!
On the Bright Side
In 2021, Spokane Fire Department firefighters rescued six people from structure fires. One of those rescues happened when SFD's Lt. Josh Sampson jumped to action while off-duty.
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