The One Day “Point-In-Time” Count is a federally mandated annual exercise (for cities receiving federal monies to fight homelessness) to count the number of homeless individuals and families in a given area. The theme for this year’s PIT count is “Everybody Counts.” This year (2018) Spokane is radically re-inventing its approach to the count by going high-tech and using a smart phone app rather than awkward paper forms. The goal is a more accurate count and less paperwork.
Meet Layne Pavey, an ex-felon who is using her own experience to make a difference on a tough problem: helping ex-felons find jobs. The State of Washington will release some 6,000 felons back into the general population, offering only $30 and “best wishes.” A year later, fewer than 30% will have found a job.
A very good article from the Spokesman-Review newspaper on the work of Catholic Charities to eliminate homelessness in Spokane through a “Housing First” model. Will it work? Only time will tell, but the effort is noteworthy and we applaud it! Along a similar line, the City of Spokane will soon be receiving a $3.8 million grant from HUD to combat homelessness in the Spokane area.