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Housing first

The Marilee

We believe in the power of housing as the foundation for life.

That's why we're working to move every chronically-homeless person in Spokane into long-term housing.

Shelter is one of the most basic human needs—it’s hard to build any kind of independence without a good foundation. And, for many chronically homeless adults, serious mental illness and addiction make qualifying for and staying in housing almost impossible. 

That is why we are embarking on an important collaboration with Catholic Charities to build 500 “Housing First” apartments in Spokane with the Marilee Apartments and scattered sites. 

These new “Housing First” apartment complexes are unique in that they put homeless adults into safe, stable, permanent housing as fast as possible and then tackle their problems—a revolutionary approach to eradicating homelessness that has proven highly successful in cities across the country.

These are permanent homes, where residents can stay for as long as needed. Case managers provide one-on-one support and encouragement to residents as they learn to manage their medical and mental health care, finances, education, employment, and other important components of a stable and independent life.