Free Horse & Carriage Rides

Enjoy a free horse and carriage ride through the heart of Spokane, presented by the Downtown Spokane Business Improvement District and STCU.

Pick-up at 707 W Main

Summer Dates 2015

5-9 pm Fridays
July | 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August | 7, 14, 21, 28

New Energy Assistance Pilot Program

SNAP has begun a pilot program for Avista customers only, that would provide year-round assistance.  Eligibility guidelines are as follows:

  • Only available to Avista customers
  • Provides a year-round Avista bill rate discount (natural gas or electric, must choose one)
  • It is a Pilot program (test program). There are no guarantees that it will continue past September 2017.
  • Limited to 800 customers; 700 in Spokane County; and 100 in Stevens, Lincoln and Ferry counties.
  • The rate discount starts on October 1, 2015
  • It is only available for customers in Spokane, Stevens, Lincoln, and Ferry counties.
  • It is available for limited income senior, and disabled customers, living on a fixed income
  • To be placed on a list to be signed up for the October 1, 2015 program start date:
    • Spokane County customers must contact the Northeast SNAP office at 509-487-1114.

Stevens, Lincoln and Ferry counties customers must contact Rural Resources at 509-685-6000.

New Low-income Housing Available!

Two new housing complexes on the Upper South Hill: Pine Rock and Summit Ridge are opening!  They are now accepting pre-applications.

Applications are good for up to 120 days (end of October). Once a full application is received and the background and credit check fee is paid.  See below for details:

Summit Ridge Apartments Rent Rates

1 BR – $296 & $544/Security Deposit $400/676 sq ft
http://spokane.craigslist.org/apa/5074212520.html

2 BR 2 BA – $355, $646 & $735/Security Deposit $450/1040 sq ft
http://spokane.craigslist.org/apa/5097061174.html

3 BR 2 BA- $845/Security Deposit $500/1233 sq ft
http://spokane.craigslist.org/apa/5085392075.html
Pine Rock Apartments Rent Rates
1 BR – $302 & $423/Security Deposit $400/676 sq ft

2 BR 1 BA – $355, $501 & $646/Security Deposit $450/962 sq ft
http://spokane.craigslist.org/apa/5102424294.html

3 BR 1.5 BA- $393, $561, $& $728/Security Deposit $500/1233 sq ft

http://spokane.craigslist.org/apa/5098084217.html

Income Limits are:

1 person
$27,120 60%
$22,600 50%
$18,080 40%
$13,560 30%
2 people
$30,960 60%
$25,800 50%
$20,640 40%
$15,480 30%
3 people
$34,860 60%
$29,050 50%
$23,240 40%
$17,430 30%
4 people
$38,700 60%
$32,250 50%
$25,800 40%
$19,350 30%
5 people
$41,820 60%
$34,850 50%
$27,880 40%
$20,910 30%
6 people
$44,940 60%
$37,450 50%
$29,960 40%
$22,470 30%

Restrictions include:
no felonies
no drug or violent misdemeanors
no monies owed to a landlord
550 or greater credit score (does not apply to voucher holders)
24 months total rental history required (or co-signer)

You can reach Summit Ridge at 509-993-3915 or via email at srfmgmt@whitewatercreek.com.

All About BFET

Washington State offers a program called Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET) which is for recipients of food benefits who do not receive TANF.  There are four locations in Spokane that participate, and offer services to provide:

  • Job skills train
  • Education classes
  • Job search assistance
  • Application/Resume writing
  • Case management
  • and more!

The following locations provide the service:

The Fulcrum Institute
(509) 795-8955

Worksource
(509) 532-3120

Spokane Community College (SCC)
(509) 533-8056

Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC)
(509) 533-3599

Tis The Season…

..for Farmers Markets!

Did you know that you can use your EBT/SNAP benefits at the farmers market?  Just follow the instructions on this handy “how-to” guide:

EBTFarmersMkts

Farmers Markets are a wonderful way to get fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables at very budget friendly prices!

Visit the following farmers market locations to get started:

FmrMkts

New Walk-in Hours for County Rapid Rehousing

Please know that we have increased our walk-in hours for county participants to Monday-Friday 10-2 here at 19 W. Pacific.

**As a reminder – this service is for individuals and families who resided in Spokane County (outside of city limits) before becoming homeless, and would like to become housed in the county

Cooling Centers Are Opening!

With extreme heat coming, cooling centers at locations around the city are opening.  The following locations are offering cooling stations starting Friday, June 26th:

  • The Salvation Army (Fellowship Hall), 222 E. Indiana
    • 10am-6pm (except Saturday)
  • Crosswalk, 525 W. 2nd Avenue
    • Open 24 hours
  • Downtown Public Library, 906 W. Main Avenue
    • 10am-6pm Fri-Sat and Mon, closed Sunday, 10am-8pm Tues and Wed, 10am-6pm Thurs and Friday, July 3
  • East Side Library, 524 S. Stone
    • 12pm-6pm Fri, 10am-6pm Sat, closed Sun-Mon, 12pm-8pm Tues, 10am-6pm Wed-Friday, July 3
  • Hillyard Library, 4005 N. Cook
    • 10am-6pm every day except Sun-Mon (closed) and Tues (12pm-8pm)
  • Indian Trial Library, 4909 W. Barnes
    • 10am-6pm every day except Sun-Mon (closed) and Tues (12pm-8pm)
  • Shadle Park Library, 2111 Wellesley Ave
    • 10am-6pm every day except Sun (1pm-5pm) and Mon-Tues (10am-8pm)
  • South Hill Library, 3324 S. Perry
    • 10am-6pm every day except Sun (closed) and Mon-Tues (10am-8pm)
  • The Women’s Hearth (single women only), 920 W. 2nd Avenue
    • 8:30am-5pm Fri, closed Sat-Sun, 8:30am-5pm Mon-Tues, 10:30am-5pm Wed, 8:30am-5pm Thurs, closed Fri, July 3

 In addition to these cooling centers, all regular shelters remain open.

Be sure to access these centers as needed, and stay hydrated!

SNAP Homeless Services Has Moved

SNAP Homeless Services is undergoing a renovation, and has temporarily relocated for the summer!  You can now find us

For the following services:

  1. Singles Homeless Coordinated Assessment (SHCA)
  2. Re-Entry Initiatives
  3. Homelessness Prevention

The Armory Building
212 W. 2nd Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201

For the following services:

  1. Home First
  2. County School Pilot Program

The Admin Building
3102 W. Ft. George Wright Dr.
Spokane, WA 99224

You can still reach us by phone at (509) 624-4282, or fax at (509) 624-1446.