Getting Real About Homelessness in Spokane

08nov6:00 pm7:00 pmGetting Real About Homelessness in Spokane

Event Details

Gavin Cooley, Ben Stuckart, and Chris Patterson will discuss how Spokane can learn from the failures and successes of other US cities and make significant progress toward reducing homelessness.

What are the root causes of homelessness and how can Spokane begin to meaningfully address the crisis our city faces?

Three of Spokane’s key players in addressing homelessness come together to discuss an approach that has a proven track record of significantly reducing homelessness and its attendant problems.

There will be time for discussion and Q&A afterwards.


Gavin Cooley

As CFO from 2003 through early 2020, Gavin Cooley managed the City’s credit rating from near-junk status to its current AA rating and raised General Fund reserves from near-zero to over 25% of expenditures. Additionally, he institutionalized fiscal policies that moved the City to long-term structurally balanced budgets and dedicated capital funding.

He is the host of the documentary series Housing and Help.

Chris Patterson

Chris Patterson is a veteran of the foster care system and now serves as Community Solutions Advisor to Washington Trust Bank and is Co-Chair of Hello For Good, an organization that helps Spokane community members connect to important resources and take advantage of opportunities that will help them thrive. He is a former HUD Regional Administrator under Secretary Ben Carson.

Ben Stuckart

Ben Stuckart was born and raised in Spokane, attending Lewis and Clark HS and Gonzaga University. He spent 13 years in the event ticketing industry, 8 years as the Spokane City Council President and is currently the Executive Director of the Low Income Housing Consortium. He originated the Housing and Help project to try and help educate the public about a very complex problem we face in our community today. 

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We strive to make events welcoming for people of all abilities. To request accommodations, call the library at 509-444-5308.



November 8, 2022 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm(GMT-07:00)

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