On January 16, Spokane city officials and about 100 representatives from 30 community organizations conducted their annual one-day “Point-in-Time” census of homeless people. The census is required by the state. The canvassers made contact with 1,090 people. That number is up about a hundred from the year before.
Despite the increase, Dawn Kinder believes Spokane is making progress in helping people, especially families, find places to live and stabilize their lives. Kinder directs the city of Spokane’s Department of Community, Housing and Human Services.