homeless in Spokane

Courtesy of Stop the Sweeps

Advocates for people who are homeless in Spokane are urging the city to stop its sweeps of outdoor encampments.

They’re also asking city officials to address more of the basic needs of people who live on the streets.

Spokane Filmmaker Puts Personal Face On Homelessness

Nov 29, 2020
Screenshot from Rising River Media

For several years, documentary filmmaker Maurice Smith has been working on “My Road Leads Home," a series of films that highlight different aspects of Spokane’s problem with homelessness. Now he’s focusing his lens on individual people, to let the viewer get to know some of the folks who are living difficult lives on the city’s streets.

Smith is the executive director of Rising River Media in Spokane. You can see his documentaries at MyRoadLeadsHome.org.

Screenshot from City Cable 5

The city of Spokane expects to open its renovated emergency warming shelter this weekend. That facility is downtown on Cannon Street.

Mayor Nadine Woodward says the shelter has been remodeled using federal CARES Act money. It has two sections that can house 30 people each.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Tuesday on the Inland Journal podcast, on the day when we invite Spokane Mayor David Condon into our studio to talk about homelessness, we meet with Jeff Keizer. Keizer came to Spokane about four months ago from northern California. He attended SPR’s homelessness forum last week and shared with one of our staff members his own story about being homeless in Spokane. We followed up to ask him about his experience.