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  • East 130 Third Avenue, Spokane, WA 99202

HEN - Housing and Essential Needs

Agency: Goodwill Industries of the Inland Northwest

East 130 Third Avenue
Spokane, WA, 99202 Map
Phone: (509) 462 - 0518
Hours: M-F, 8am-5pm

Service Description

Housing and Essential Needs Grant Funds
Grant funds can only be used to support HEN eligible clients that qualify as homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Allowable financial assistance for housing may include monthly rent, overdue rent, security deposit, and service animal deposits. Utilities assistance is limited to electricity, natural gas, sewer, water, garbage, and utility deposits.

Essential Needs
Essential Needs assistance includes help with obtaining personal health and hygiene items (such as toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper), cleaning supplies (such as laundry and dish soap), and bus passes. Assistance cannot be provided through gift cards, vouchers, or certificates. All HEN clients are eligible to receive essential needs assistance.


Access: Accessible for disabled; Wheelchair accessible


Assistance limited only to clients that have been determined by DSHS to be eligible for HEN - Housing and Essential Needs Assistance. Agency will verify that the client is eligible for HEN, and assess the client's risk of homelessness to determine if they meet criteria for financial assistance, but financial assistance is not guaranteed. All HEN clients are eligible for essential needs assistance.

Housing and Essential Needs Grant Funds Criteria:
 * Homeless - Criteria to qualify as homeless includes those who are living outdoors, in buildings not meant for human habitation or which they have no legal right to occupy, emergency shelters, temporary/transitional housing, and for currently fleeing domestic violence victims.
* Substantial Risk - Criteria to qualify as a being at substantial risk of homelessness may include having a pay or vacate notice, eviction notice, utility shut-off notice, late payment notice, or certification of potential eviction. Client will be assessed as to if they have supportive options or networks including friends/family, church, or social service agencies, or other potential housing options. Additional factors may include if the person was discharged within the last 180 days (including prison, mental health institution, and hospitals), high overcrowding in their housing unit, residence has been condemned, current or past involvement with child welfare, sudden and significant increase in utility cost or medical debt, physical disabilities, chronic health issues, past institutional care, history of mental health or substance abuse issues, credit problems that preclude obtaining housing, pending foreclosure of rental property, or homelessness within the past 12 months.

Application Instructions

Must be approved via DSHS first. Walk-in or call to schedule an appointment.



Business Hours

M-F, 8am-5pm

Area Served

Inland Northwest


Telephones: types, numbers and hours
Main (509) 838 - 4246M-F, 8am-5pm
Fax (509) 838 - 0176M-F, 8am-5pm

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