City of Spokane wants to terminate shelter agreement with Guardians Foundation over theft scandal

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane City Council is looking to end its relationship with the operator of two local homeless shelters.

The Guardians Foundation currently operates the Trent Ave and Cannon Street shelters. Earlier this month, the organization came forward to notify the city about concerns with an employee’s handling of city-issued funds.

There were allegations of potential fraud ranging from $100,000 to $1,000,000.

A resolution put forward by the council seeks to terminate the contract and agreement with the Guardians Foundation and instead contract with the Salvation Army.

The resolution notes the city has contracted with the Salvation Army in the past and “has found the services rendered to be of the highest level and to be of reasonable rates relating to other provider contractors.”

The City Council will vote on the proposal on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. If approved, the Salvation Army will take over as shelter operator on October 31.

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