Downtown warming center expands to include 4th ballroom |

2021-12-31 10:47:53 By : Ms. Yannis Chan

After the temporary warming center opened three days ago, and officials are looking to expand the original space to increase visitors, the shelter is in need of warming supplies. 

The City of Spokane posted on its Facebook page on Thursday that the temporary warming center needs more blankets and supplies for the people in the shelter. People can donate gently used or new socks, hats, gloves, hand warmers, blankets, and undergarments at the Cannon shelter located at 527 S. Cannon St. in Spokane.

The city of Spokane, along with community partners, opened the warming center   on Sunday, Dec. 26 to help house community members without shelter.  Three days since opening, visitors said they feel like the center has doubled in size, and officials are putting plans into action to prepare an additional ballroom space.  

One visitor at the warming center, Sonya Shaw, said she wasn’t surprised seeing more people trying to get out of the cold. “It’s just so cold at night, especially when it gets into the teens,” Shaw said.

According to the Spokane Fire Chief, the original space spans three ballroom spaces and was equipped with 116 mats. The number of visitors has grown since opening and now it requires more housing space.  

Officials say no one will be turned away. The center provides three meals a day, blankets and donated items from the Cannon  St. Shelter.  

COVID-19 protocols are in place. Food is individually wrapped and local health officials come in to test those experiencing symptoms.  The additional space will allow for more socially-distant mats.  

The warming center will close on Sunday, Jan. 2 at noon. While some visitors wonder what happens next after the center closes, the city has not announced any additional future plans.

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