Salvation Army financial and emergency assistance in Spokane.

When you are faced with a crisis situation, the Salvation Army in Spokane may have resources available to you. They often focus on people who are most at risk and who have no other options. This can include families with young children, senior citizens, the homeless, and disabled. A number of social services, emergency financial assistance, and case management is offered for the low income in Spokane.

The Spokane Salvation Army Housing Stabilization and Empowerment Program is a continuum of transitional housing, shelter and housing. All of the services are intended to reduce or prevent homelessness in the community while providing aftercare services. Staff from the non-profit agency meet with all applicants and clients of the program to address their emergency needs and can place people into the appropriate program.

All of the housing programs provide Life Skills classes, case management and so called wrap around services. Families that enroll into their services will work toward increasing income, employment opportunities and education. Social workers will help them locate safe and affordable housing in Spokane Washington and address issues that lead to homelessness. Families are able to continue to stay in the Salvation Army housing programs as long as they are working toward long term goals and complying with agreements and program terms. Through this Homeless Prevention Program, Community Services can assist families and couples without children who are facing eviction or homeless. Get help in finding permanent housing too.




Family Emergency Shelter is offered for a small number of homeless families with children or couples without children. Participants can stay for at most 90 days while working with social workers. They will also be required to attend monthly Life Skills classes, will need to work to increase their income and also be involved in looking for appropriate, affordable housing or apartments.

Warming Centers will usually open in Spokane County when the temperature drops to 15-degrees or below. The local city and county government will usually decide to activate emergency procedures, and when this is done the Family Emergency Shelter is one of a few shelters in the region that are allowed to admit people through the night. Anyone needing to take shelter from the cold weather in Washington is invited in.





Spokane Washington Salvation Army Community Services operate thrift stores. Through these locations they can provide clothing and furniture vouchers when an applicant has an extreme need for help. Many of the dresses and suits donated to the Thrift Store are used to help people get prepared for school or work. Programs can help individuals look professional after attaining employment. Furniture and household goods are given to families after securing permanent housing.

Life Skills Classes can help people learn the skills they need to succeed. A wide variety of sessions are offered, and include Parenting and Healthy Relationship Classes, Money Management, Debt reduction, Cooking, Computer Training, Employment, Credit Repair, and others. Click here for more on credit counseling in Washington.

Back-to-School programs will collect new backpacks, items, and general school supplies for children and teenagers in the Spokane region. The Salvation Army administers this program. Families needing help in getting their children prepared for school and who need assistance with this expense can pick up items at their local Salvation Army center during the School Supply Distribution period in late August. Income and other conditions need to be met.

Food assistance is offered by Community Services. The Salvation Army is the largest distributor of the 20 local food pantries that receive groceries and food from Second Harvest Food Bank of the Inland Northwest. The center can assist families and individuals living in any Spokane zip code with supplemental meals and food at most every 30 days.

Thanksgiving and Holiday meals and offered. Working with the Tom’s Turkey Drive and Second Harvest Food Bank of the Inland NW, the Salvation Army organizes the largest Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution in the Spokane Washington area. Holiday meals baskets, toys from Angel Tree, and other aid is distributed. They also provide other holiday services, including information on resources such as Salvation Army assistance at Christmas.




Note that they no longer offer rental assistance or homeless prevention from as part of the Housing and Essential Needs (HEN). This program is not provided by the Spokane Salvation Army. Goodwill now runs it, and dial 509-462-0518 for information.

Spokane County after school services are available as part of LINK. Various tutoring, health activities, and other services are provided by the Salvation Army staff. It operates during the school year from Wednesday to Friday for children, especially low income families.

Homeless families with kids, including single moms and dads, can use the Spoke County Salvation Army Transitional Housing program. It combines accommodations with self-sufficiency programs, such as credit repair, employment, and debt reduction counseling.

There are several apartments for formerly homeless families that have an income less than 30% of the median average. The goal is to prevent future evictions and homelessness by giving the family the skills they need for long term success. The end result of Stepping Stones will be for the family to be able to afford future rental costs on their own. Call (509) 325-5005 for information on Stepping Stones transitional housing.

The Salvation Army in Spokane County may have available a limited amount of financial assistance for Avista utility bills. This program may have a small dollar amount of money for paying gas or electric bills. There are also free energy saving tips provided by Avista at local fairs, and this is provided (as resources allow) in partnership with the Salvation Army.

Addresses of Spokane Washington Salvation Army Centers

  • 222 East Indiana Avenue  Spokane, Washington 99207, (509) 325-6810
  • 2020 North Division Street, Spokane, call (509) 325-6805



By Jon McNamara

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