Housing & Homelessness
Homeless Action Plan
On Dec. 5, 2023, the City Council unanimously voted to adopt the Spokane Valley Homeless Action Plan. This high-level plan provides a roadmap to address, reduce and prevent homelessness in the city. As part of the plan development process, community input was gathered through multiple channels, including a Spokane Valley-specific community survey in 2021, direct contact with stakeholders, a community open house in 2023, and input through the website.
View the Spokane Valley Homeless Action Plan.
Do you or a community member need immediate assistance to secure food, shelter or housing?
- View a list of homeless resources in Spokane Valley and the City of Spokane
- Pocket Resource Guide (PDF) for individuals needing homeless and housing assistance (note: this guide is up to date as of May 2022)
- List of area agencies and phone numbers (PDF)
Day Drop-In Centers & Food Banks
- See a listing of day drop-in centers and food banks in Spokane area.
- A new dashboard, called ShelterMeSpokane.org, displays timely data regarding where shelter space is available in the region. Data is input directly by regional shelter providers and includes a time stamp as to when the provider last updated the information.
- Shelters available (high barrier requires drug/alcohol testing; low barrier does NOT require drug/alcohol testing):
Health & Hygiene
- See a listing of health and hygiene resources, including anti-trafficking resources.
Housing Assistance (through coordinated entry)
- Please contact one of these housing assistance resources on how to access assistance to remain in your home, or if you live outside/in your vehicle and need assistance with housing referrals through coordinated entry.
For assistance with other needs, please contact the following:
- Addiction Help Finder
- Washington 2-1-1 (identifies community resources statewide)
- Fig Tree Resource Guide (online lists of area resources)
- Spokane Resource Google Map
Homelessness Resource Directory
The City is working to empower businesses by providing helpful guidance and information to minimize the negative impacts that individuals experiencing homelessness and/or persons living in vehicles and tents may have on their property. Visit the Addressing Homelessness webpage to learn more.
The Washington state legislature passed a new law, House Bill 1220, during the 2021 state legislative session. HB 1220 preempts the City’s authority to prohibit transitional housing and permanent supportive housing in residential zones or zones where hotels are permitted and also preempts the City from prohibiting emergency housing and emergency shelters in zones where hotels are permitted.
In response, Spokane Valley passed Ordinance 22-011 in June 2022, establishing guidelines for the siting and use of emergency shelters, emergency housing, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing and transitional parking. The regulations require these facilities to obtain a permit, provide an operations plan, establish occupancy limits, and conduct neighborhood outreach for these facilities. The purpose of regulations is to protect public health and safety by requiring safe operations of these uses for both the residents and the broader community while meeting state law requirements.
The City hosted an open house on Dec. 11, 2023, to share more information about Spokane Valley’s housing and homelessness program and the community partners that assist individuals in finding a path toward stability.
Participants included the City of Spokane Valley, Spokane Valley Police Department, Family Promise of Spokane, Habitat for Humanity, Partners Inland Northwest (formerly Spokane Valley Partners), Reclaim Project Recovery, Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP), and Volunteers of America.
Watch a video to learn more about these partner programs in Spokane Valley.
Report a Concern
Please use our SVexpress App to report issues related to the following:
- Abandoned grocery carts
- Abandoned vehicles
- Illegal dumping
- Accumulation of garbage
- Sidewalk obstruction
- Living in RV or vehicle
Partnering for Solutions Video