Housing and homelessness strategic actions 2021-2022 of the city council
Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs, 509.625.6255
Wednesday April 6, 2022 at 3:40 p.m.
In June 2021, City Council passed a resolution recognizing that the city needed to create a comprehensive strategy to address housing and homelessness in Spokane and identify priority actions. In the resolution, the strategy called for increased information sharing, increased availability and accessibility of housing, and a clear strategy for setting targets. The resolution included a 13-point addendum that calls for a pilot “Smart Growth Initiative,” implementing the 5th Avenue Initiative, receiving quarterly Spokane Regional Continuum of Care updates and oversight of ongoing and proposed government-sponsored programs and expenditures. to fight homelessness.
Council members identified specific needs by listening to our constituents, including tenants, landlords, homebuilders, homeless advocates, people with lived experience and other policy makers. We have found that upstream investments coupled with policy are the best path forward to solving our community’s housing crisis. Over the past nine months, Council has taken action that includes several resolutions, nearly $40 million in funding for special budget orders, emergency orders and special consideration notes directly to the mayor and administration to mitigate the negative impacts of housing scarcity and homelessness in our community .
New ordinances require administration to immediately replace all shelter beds in closed facilities; open extreme weather shelters based on temperature, air quality and shelter vacancy rates; and report the quarterly number of actual members of the homeless community in Spokane. To date, these requirements have not been met. If they had, there would have been much less visible homelessness in the city of Spokane and laws against urban camping on public roads could have been enforced.
Our role as the city’s legislative arm is to invest in Spokane, evaluate its performance, and make appropriate assessments, policy decisions, and funding allocations that enable the mayor and administration to implement implement these policy decisions based on key performance indicators.
Below is a list of programs and policies that the Board has approved through formal action. We look forward to the administration’s implementation of current and future policies and efforts to move our community forward.
Resolution 2022-0029 – Res 2022-0029 Declaring Spokane Treatment and Recovery Services (STARS) a sole provider for the transportation of intoxicated persons in the downtown corridor to the STARS sobering-up facility and authorizing the City to enter into a contract to five years – not to exceed $109,000 per year.
Resolution 2021-0097 – Resolution 2021-0097 approving an extension of a development agreement regarding the preliminary development of the platform and planned unit named The Vistas at Beacon Hill.
Resolution 2021-0069 – Resolution 2021-0069 revising the allocation of funds from the City of Spokane Department of Community Housing and Human Services (CHHS) to the Salvation Army for the purpose of funding a targeted capacity regional emergency shelter called The Way Out Center for the period July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2026.
Resolution 2021-0075 – Resolution 2021-0075 stating City Council’s intention to commit funds through a rapid Request for Proposals (RFP) process for the rapid acquisition or lease of real estate for use as stable shelter or opportunities housing for people with very low incomes, as well as individuals, families, unaccompanied youth and homeless youth.
Resolution 2021-0076 – Resolution 2021-0076 outlining City Council’s intention to commit funds to the Volunteers of America crosswalk capital campaign to fund the construction of a new licensed emergency shelter for homeless youth. shelter.
Resolution 2021-0068 – Resolution 2021-0068 approving the 2021 Action Plan component of the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan for the CDBG, HOME, and ESG grant programs, as well as approval to enter into an agreement with HUD and the awarded organizations.
Resolution 2021-0066 – Resolution 2021-0066 Expressing support for Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington’s request for funding through the Washington Department of Commerce’s Rapid Capital Housing Acquisition grant program and pledging future approval of matching funds and contractual support for help with the grant application.
Resolution 2021-0065 – Resolution 2021-0065 establishing a list of development incentives sponsored by the City.
Resolution 2021-0062 – Resolution 2021-0062 Adopting the City of Spokane Housing Action Plan as a guide for future housing planning, policy development, and regulatory and programmatic implementation actions, and to increase options for affordable and accessible housing for individuals and families of all incomes.
Resolution 2021-0061 – Resolution 2021-0061 Strongly encouraging the city administration to apply to the Washington Department of Commerce for a Rapid Housing Acquisition Grant to help increase the supply of much needed housing in Spokane for those at risk of homelessness or in homelessness.
Resolution 2021-0053 – Resolution 2021-0053 Recognizing that the City of Spokane needs to create a comprehensive strategy to address housing and homelessness in Spokane and outlining priority actions in the attached addendum that serve as the basis for this work.
Order C36168 – Order C36168 Expanding the limits of the property tax exemption zone on multi-unit dwellings.
Special budget orders:
Special Budget Order C36183 – Special Budget Ordinance C36183 Allocating Funds to: Continuity of Care Fund Grant to City for Homeless Youth Demonstration
Special Budget Order C36176 – Special budget order C36176 allocating: $1,200,000 for the financing of mobile medical clinics in the region; $1,500,000 is provided for reimbursement of accessible housing permit fees. C) Enhanced credit.
Special Budget Order C36163 – Special Budget Order C36163 allocating: $6,000,000 for affordable housing projects in the city; $2,000,000 for a down payment assistance program for new homeowners whose income is less than 80% of the average median income; $1,000,000 for sub-area planning to increase housing along transportation corridors; $300,000 for an eviction legal advocacy and education program in the city; $1,000,000 for child care provider funding.
Special Budget Order C36145 C36145 – $250,000 allocation for capital improvements to Cannon Street Shelter, including the addition of additional shelter structures to the premises to be used to provide shelter to individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19.
Special Budget Order C36125 C36125 – Appropriation: $10,540,405 in grant revenue from the Washington State Department of Commerce Rent Assistance Program to continue to prevent evictions by paying rent arrears, current rent due, future rent , utilities and household energy costs, and other housing costs for eligible households due to the COVID-19 pandemic to be allocated via RFP.
Special Budget Order C36126 Special Budget Order C36126 – allotment: $5,297,865 from the United States Department of Treasury’s Emergency Rent Assistance Program to continue to prevent evictions by paying rent arrears, current rent due, rent future, utility and household energy costs, and other housing costs for eligible households due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to be published via RFP.
Special Budget Order C36097 Special Budget Order C36097 – Allocating: $188,877 to the Department of Community, Housing and Human Services from the General Fund only for a men’s emergency shelter program. (This action offers an emergency accommodation program).
Special Budget Order C36068 Special Budget Order C36068 – Allocation: $9,040,862 is provided only to subrecipients awarded through a tender process to provide rental assistance funds to the community.
Special Budget Order C36057 Special Budget Order C36057 – allocation: $1,100,000 for building improvements and operation of the Cannon Street Shelter.
Emergency Order C36164 – Emergency Ordinance C36164 establishing the conditions for participation in rental assistance programs; enacting a new Chapter 18.08 of the Spokane Municipal Code; and declare an emergency.
Emergency Order C36082 Emergency Order C36082 – Amending the City’s Homeless Response System Policy Framework; amending Section 18.05.030 of the Spokane Municipal Code; and declare an emergency.
Emergency Order C36077 Emergency Order C36077 – Improve the standards of the City’s efforts to assist vulnerable and homeless people in extreme environmental conditions; amending sections 18.05.010 and 18.05.020 of the Spokane Municipal Code; and declare an emergency.
Special Consideration CPR 2022-0016 – Letter from City Council to Mayor regarding sheltering members of Spokane’s homeless community.