West Central Development Project
The West Central Development Project (WCDP) is a network of congregations and non-profits in the West Central neighborhood that are learning to use community organizing principles to address systemic poverty. Currently, the team is focused on the issue of affordable housing. This was identified as the top concern by guests and volunteers at the West Central Episcopal Mission's Wednesday night free Dinner Table.
The WCDP grew out of an effort by local leaders and residents to understand the deep seeded challenges of poverty impacting the West Central neighborhood and identify strategies to alleviate its impacts. As hundreds of people continue to sleep on the streets in Spokane and West Central, dozens of properties lay vacant and under utilized.
This winter and spring a team of volunteers walked the neighborhood to identify vacant lots and buildings that could be turned into desperately needed affordable housing. In West Central we found 33 homes that are either boarded up or have been unoccupied long-term. These homes become the locus of drug abuse and other criminal activity. We are currently working with affordable housing providers to research and identify strategies to capitalize on their local opportunities.
Results from our West Central Survey
33 vacant lots or buildings in the West Central neighborhood
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