Why not try real solutions?
Spokane could just decide to love its community more. Everyone wants less crime, but leaning on police to do all the work just creates more prisoners. We need to actually invest in our community; in each other.
Cropped image of flyers Day 1 and 2. No specific date when Camp is “to be” or “set to be closed”.
Yesterday marked the second day of consecutive harassment from the Spokane Police, Spokane Valley Police, and the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. The Spokesman covered some of the errors on Day 1’s flyer including linking people to Matt Shea’s Church, “The address listed on the flyer for Compassionate Addiction Treatment, a peer-led day program for addiction recovery, was incorrect. While CAT is located at 168 S. Division St., the address provided was 112 E. First Ave., which is where Matt Shea’s church On Fire Ministries is located.” The Day 2 flyer is also confusing with the Trent shelter (TRAC) being newly named the Way-In Navigation Center. Both flyers are missing the vast amount of information the service tent at Camp Hope is able to provide.
The truth is, everyone living at Camp Hope is doing so with the legal consent of the landowner, and the dozens of service providers and community members who work there daily are innovatively helping the people there take steps towards healthier living conditions and lives.
While consistently portrayed by city and county government as a dangerous nuisance, it has actually been the site of innovative service provision, including mass ID drives, benefits assistance, continuous case management, family unification, and the on-site presence of organizations like Compassionate Addiction Treatment, Jewell’s Helping Hands, and Empire Health Foundation. In the absence of adequate shelter space, Camp Hope provides services and community. The critical work taking place there is a collaboration between the people who live there, service providers, the WA Department of Transportation, and the WA Commerce Department. The camp continues to reduce in size as people transition into better housing situations.
Spokane City Mayor Woodward and County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich should embrace the work of Camp Hope as a solution in progress instead of threatening a legal community and obstructing the process of relocation with political grandstanding.
Hear directly from people from camp hope and their testimonies. Check out the video series by My Road Leads Home. Check out the impressive articles from Range Media with their on-the-ground reporting.
Donate to Camp Hope, Compassionate Addiction Treatment (CAT), Mutual Aid Survival Squad (MASS), Yoyot Sp’q’n’i, and Burritos for the People, who donate goods directly to Camp Hope and our unhoused neighbors.
Testify at the Spokane City Council meetings. Your voice matters!
Day 2 video of officers enter Camp Hope: