Affordable Housing and Homelessness in Spokane County
You can view a video of the meeting here.
Our speakers Contact Information:
Sherri Gangitano, Director/Community Coordinator, Spokane Valley Community Advocates
Info [at] s-v-c-a.org
Eric Robison, Housing & Homeless Coordinator, City of Spokane Valley.
erobison [at] SpokaneValleyWA.Gov
Sarah Olson, Executive Director of the all-volunteer organization of Village Cohousing Works (VCW)
Director [at] Villagecohousingworksspokane.org
P.O. Box 28792, Spokane, WA 99228
Gavin Cooley, Spokane Unite
CooleyG [at] Gmail.com
Nicolette Ocheltree, Manager of Housing and Homelessness Initiatives, Spokane City Council
Nocheltree [at] SpokaneCity.org
Our committee was proud to host a LWVSA general meeting in November at the Spokane Central Library. Over thirty members and guests attended either in person or on ZOOM. We had a panel of five, representing groups who are actively engaged in addressing homelessness. Sarah Olsen from Village CoHousing Works, www.villagecohousingworksspokane.org, gave us an update on the work they are doing in the Mead community helping families obtain permanent housing. Nicolette Ocheltree, nocheltree [at] spokanecity.org and Gavin Cooley from Spokane Unite, www.spokaneunite.org, provided an update on how they are working with Spokane County, Spokane City and the many other municipalities in our county to create a Regional Homeless Authority. The Spokane Unite website provides up-to-date information on how that is progressing. Sherri Gangitano, Spokane Valley Community Advocates, info [at] s-v-c-a.org and Eric Robison, erobison [at] spokanevalleywa.gov, Spokane Valley Homeless Housing Task Force, brought information explaining how Spokane Valley is addressing homeless in the Valley. A video of the meeting can be found on our website LWVSpokane.org. We were also pleased to have many attendees bring warm blankets, hats and mittens that were then given to East Valley School District McKinney-Vento program.
The joint statement from the Spokane Regional Collaborative tells it best:
"Our region’s greatest strength is our ability to build community vitality through regional partnerships and collaboration, and now is the time to utilize that strength to more effectively and collaboratively address homelessness in our community. The Spokane region has a history of achieving big things when responsibility and successful outcomes are shared."