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On Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 2:00 p.m., the Board of County Commissioners of Spokane County, Washington will hold a Public Hearing to obtain comment on the consideration of a lease extension for Spokane County owned, realty property located at 703 East Hartson Avenue, Spokane, Washington. This property is owned by Spokane County and referred to as "The Phoenix Apartments." The notification of Public Hearing has also been published in the Spokesman Review for the three (3) week period as required.

The public is encouraged to attend this Hearing to provide written or oral testimony on the lease extension with Pioneer Human Services for the Phoenix Apartments.

The public will be able to participate in the Public Hearing via conference call by calling: 1-877-853-5257 (Meeting ID: 856 7485 5677) and/or view the public meeting via: Webinar Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85674845677 (Meeting ID: 856 7484 5677). 

The above schedule public hearing will also be held in person at the above date and time at the following location:Any written comments on the subject of the public hearing must be received by Thursday, April 13, 2023, no later than 12:00 NOON by gvasquez@spokanecounty.org 

Pioneer Human Services Master Lease Amendment


Effective October 19, 2021, the Spokane County Community Services (CS) Department requests that the Spokane Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) grant a lease extension to Pioneer Human Services (PHS) through December 31, 2022, who currently lease the building located at 312 East Hartson Avenue, Spokane, Washington. This property is owned by Spokane County and referred to as "The Phoenix Apartments."

The CSHCD Department leases the Premises, (which contains forty (40) tenant apartments), to PHS who manages the property for the sole purpose of operating the mental health transitional housing program for chronically mentally-ill homeless people over the age of eighteen (18) who are Medicaid eligible, enrolled with a CSHCD Department contracted behavioral health provider, and are seeking permanent housing elsewhere. Occupancy by any Individual shall be limited to a six (6) month term, unless an exemption is provided by the CSHCD Department.

The Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department conducts hearings during the year for the purpose of providing information about the Community Development Programs to County residents and to receive comments from citizens regarding program activities. The number of hearings conducted during the year depends in part on the needs of County residents and the nature of the proposed activities. At a minimum, hearings are conducted for the following purposes:
  • To obtain citizens views on community development needs, prior to developing funding policies.
  • To receive citizen’s comments on proposed activities, prior to final funding decisions being made.
  • To review program performance, at least annually.

About Public Hearings

Hearings may be conducted at locations other than the County Courthouse complex, to make them more convenient to residents of areas which have a significant number of low and moderate income residents or for which community development activities are proposed. Hearings are generally held in the evenings to encourage greater public attendance.

Public Hearings are advertised at least one week in advance in the legal section of local newspapers and are open to the public. Notices of hearings are provided to persons and organizations requesting program information from the Department. The Spokane County Community Services, Housing, and Community Development Department encourages written comments from persons who are unable to attend hearings. A statement to this effect is included in all hearing announcements.

Persons who have physical, mental or developmental disabilities making it difficult for them to participate in public hearings and non-English speaking residents, may obtain program information by contacting the Housing and Community Development Division. Organizations representing persons who have special needs are notified of Community Development Program hearings. Hearing notices state that signing, translation or other services needed by persons with disabilities will be available if requested in advance. Hearings are held in locations accessible to persons with limited mobility.

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