The City of Spokane is expanding the operation of a temporary thermal shelter during the Arctic explosion

December 31, 2021 1:25 p.m.

Posted: December 31, 2021 1:25 PM

Updated: December 31, 2021 1:26 PM

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SPOKANE, Wash. – The City of Spokane is extending the operation of a temporary, short-term thermal shelter through January 9.

The city announced that the expansion will allow the additional improvements to the permanent protection system to be completed.

The city guides, in collaboration with the District for Public Institutions and the Guardians Foundation, announced on April 26th.

The city is also working to expand and standardize check-in times, create additional space and capacity within the permanent shelter system, and add more transport options to and between shelters.

The temporary accommodation in the Convention Center has been used by an average of around 150 people per day since it opened. It is now supposed to be closed on January 9th at 8 a.m.

The Spokane Fire Department will continue health screening of people at risk across the community who are outside in inclement weather. The Spokane Fire Department and Police have also issued bus tickets to help individuals get to shelters.

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