The Spokane Homeless Coalition hosted Homeless Connect today, an annual event that provides homeless and low-income people in our community with important resources. About a hundred people gathered at the Salvation Army, where service providers offered free medical screenings, housing services, healthcare sign-ups, haircuts, and a warm meal.
Here are a few snapshots from the day's activities.
A woman can never have too many products, whether it's shampoo, deodorant, or toothpaste, Chontae Lockett says. She also appreciates the access to new coats, thick blankets and warm socks.
"There are people out there who care, and who take time out of their day to help us," she says. "And it's fun.
Lockett worries that there are so many homeless people in Spokane because there aren't enough shelters or low-income housing units for them, and she wonders why the condemned and out-of-use buildings in the area aren't used to help people stay off the streets.