City of Spokane
Community Update
December 7, 2021

Council Recap
Monday, Dec. 6, 2021
Celebrate The Holiday Season!
Holiday Lights at Manito
Drive-Thru Dec. 10 – 16, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Walk-Thru Dec. 17 – 19, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Riding on the success of last year’s drive-thru holiday lights event, the Manito Holiday Lights will be even more spectacular this year thanks to generous sponsors and partners. Plus, we’ve added walk-thru days!
Winter Market at the Pavilion
Wednesdays, Dec. 8, 15 & 22, 3 – 7 p.m.  
Riverfront's Winter Market is back by popular demand! Shop local this holiday season with a variety of local farmers, processors, artisans, and hand crafters.
Your City at Work
Leaf Pickup Planned On Dec. 8 & 9 in Browne's Addition
Leaf pickup activities are headed to Browne’s Addition!🍂 Vehicles in the Browne’s Addition neighborhood must be moved by 7 a.m. each day from:
  • North-south streets on Wednesday, Dec. 8
  • East-west streets on Thursday, Dec. 9

Visit our website for more information.
SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans Webinar
Join Mayor Nadine Woodward and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on Monday, Dec. 13 at 9 a.m., for a webinar about SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. This federal small business loan program supports small businesses’ recovery from the COVID-19 disaster’s economic impacts by providing accessible and borrower-friendly capital. For more information visit SBA's website.
SPD Targets Package Theft
The Spokane Police Department is launching a new program to combat package theft just in time for holiday shopping. Find additional details on this new program visit our website.
We Want Your Feedback!
Keep an eye out for signed meters with proposed changes. Parking spaces that are being considered for a time limit change will have a sign on the meter with the proposed change from the current time limit to the proposed time limit. The City is accepting public comment through Monday, Dec. 27 by emailing
SRTC Seeking Members for the Transportation Advisory Committee
SRTC is seeking individuals to participate on the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC). TAC members provide a community perspective to the regional transportation planning process. The group meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 3:30 p.m. and meetings will be held virtually until further notice.

SRTC is currently looking for volunteers to fill 13 TAC positions. If you are interested in volunteering for the TAC, please fill out the application before the Friday, Dec. 10, 5 p.m. deadline.
Local COVID-19 Data
For the most recent and local data on cases and outcomes, visit Track State of Washington information with these interactive dashboards for updates.
All Washington Residents Age 5+ Eligible for Vaccine
All Washingtonians age 5 and up are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. The Governor and the state Department of Health (DOH) have also prioritized equity issues to ensure vaccine access to populations disproportionately affected by the virus, including communities of color and low-income communities.

The CDC now recommends that certain people are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot, including those who received Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccines. Get more information and read CDC’s media statement.
Local Vaccination Distribution Information
Three COVID-19 vaccines have been approved, and are widely accessible throughout the state. Information on the vaccine and its distribution in Washington is found on the DOH website. Learn more details on the SRHD website.

State COVID-19 Information Hotline
1-800-525-0127 (press #)
  • 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mon.
  • 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tues. - Sun. and holidays 
CDC Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People
Currently authorized vaccines in the United States are highly effective at protecting vaccinated people against symptomatic and severe COVID-19. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published updated interim recommendations for people who have been fully vaccinated. Until more is known and vaccination coverage increases, some prevention measures will continue to be necessary for all people, regardless of vaccination status.
Need Access to Food?
Contact SNAP at (509) 319-3050 or

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.

Veterans Crisis Line: (800) 273-8255

Need Resources? 
Call Washington 211 at 2-1-1 or (866) 904-9060 to speak to a local agent
Text your Zip Code to 898-211 or email
Apply for Basic Food assistance over the phone!
Access to resources online at:
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Lutheran Community Services: (509) 747-8224
Intensive Behavioral Health, Victim Advocacy and Foster Care, are available.
Resident Assistance

The impacts of the measures that have been instituted to help slow the spread of COVID-19 have created a hardships and the City continues to provide information and connect residents to available resources.

Rental Assistance
The emergency rental assistance program is intended for those who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Funds are available for past due, current due, and future rent. To apply visit our website.
Utility Assistance
The City’s U-Help program provides low-income households with emergency financial assistance to help pay for their City utility bills, which include charges for water, wastewater, stormwater and garbage collection. Through the end of 2021, the program includes additional flexibility to allow more customers to receive help. Assistance is available by calling SNAP at 509-456-SNAP.

Interest-free payment plans are available for residential and commercial customers today. An easy-to-use online form is available on the City’s website.
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!

Spokane County Meals on Wheels is in need of route drivers to deliver meals to seniors in your neighborhoods. Meals on Wheels would love to have volunteers that are willing to take on dedicated routes for specific areas, but are also happy to accept those who can dedicate just a few hours a week for meal deliveries.
Resource Center of Spokane County – New Name, Same Quality Community Resource Center
The Resource Center of Spokane County (RCSC), formerly known as the Spokane Resource Center/a HUD EnVision Center, has continued its partnership with the City of Spokane and leadership from the Spokane County Board of Commissioners and Spokane Workforce Council. The RCSC serves all residents of Spokane County, and while many in the community may recognize the RCSC for housing support provided throughout most of the pandemic, there is much more to discover at our region’s integrated social services one-stop center.

“We really love having this wonderful center that has the capacity to accommodate multiple partner agencies and remove the need for members in our community to travel from site to site to receive life-enhancing services”, says Jennifer Morris, Director of the Resource Center of Spokane County. She continues, “our central location, currently with 19 partner agencies, all work to achieve the same outcomes of reducing barriers and replacing challenges with hope. We are grateful to the City of Spokane and Spokane County for their leadership, vision, and continued financial support of this center.”
Available services include:
  • Housing support and utility assistance
  • Homeless prevention services 
  • Re-entry services for the justice-involved
  • Healthcare resources with direct referrals
  • Pre-employment training opportunities
  • Financial literacy workshops and education

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.
On the Bright Side
The nonprofit Habitat for Humanity-Spokane will welcome another homeowner to its newly rehabilitated home in the West Central neighborhood, just in time for the holidays. Habitat for Humanity acquired the “zombie” home through a partnership with the City of Spokane. The unit is part of the Derelict Housing Acquisition and Homeownership program, a collaboration between the City of Spokane and Habitat for Humanity to revitalize neighborhoods and increase homeownership opportunities for those experiencing low incomes. To watch the Friday, Dec. 10, 11:30 a.m. celebration online or attend in person, RSVP or call (509) 534-2552
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