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 The Catalyst

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Project Performance

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Letter to the Project Neighbors

Volunteer's Needed

Emergency supportive housing program that provides safe, private, dignified spaces to both men and women where they may temporarily live while taking steps to exit homelessness.

  • Serving lunch/dinner

  • Mentor program

  • Donation room

  • Yard work

  • Participant activities

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Progress Made at The Catalyst

  • Key stats to date (12/22/2022 to present):

  • 51 participants have successfully obtained permanent housing.

  • More than one third of participants have engaged in Substance Use Disorder Programming.

  • More than half of participants have accessed healthcare services.

  • 26 participants have successfully completed the Pre-employment Preparation Program.

  • Project participants have volunteered in the local community by collecting over 350 bags of trash in the surrounding area and participating in the Spokane River Clean Up.

  • The average length of participant stay is 86 days.

  • 47,483 meals served.

  • 281 unduplicated persons served.

  • Two wheelchair accessible rooms.

  • 100% of participants access nutritious meals served daily.

  • 100% of participants access regular laundry services.

  • 100% of participants access private rooms with bathrooms and showers.

  • 100% of participants meet regularly with project staff.


The Catalyst Project

The Catalyst Project is a strategic enhancement to Spokane’s housing inventory, providing safe and secure emergency supportive housing in 79 individual rooms, layered with wrap-around services and support designed to help community members exit homelessness.


Participant Testimonial:

“I would tell my own family to come here, anybody to come to Catalyst, anybody that’s thinking about starting something to help the homeless or the homeless problem of that sort. I would say come here and ask them for ideas. This is a model and it’s a model for a great place.”



On-site Services Offered

  • Supportive Housing Care Coordination

  • Peer Support

  • Healthcare Coordination

  • Mental Health Services

  • Substance Use Disorder Programming

  • Goal Setting Support

  • Daily Life Skills Programming

  • Weekly Healthcare Clinics

  • Workforce Training Programs

  • Social Connectivity

  • Transportation support for appointments and employment


Project Features

  • 79 Participant Rooms for Adults, with ability to house couples together.

  • Assigned Furnished Private Living Spaces with Bathrooms and Showers

  • Three Meals a Day

  • Weekly Laundry Service

  • Mail Delivery Service

  • On-site secure storage

  • Community areas include dining hall, library, games area, learning classrooms, garden, chapel, ADA accessible smoking area, bike storage, and basketball hoop.

  • Convenient public transit access to key community resources


Safety, and Security Measures

  • 24/7 On-site security staff

  • Security screenings upon return to site

  • New Surveillance and Alarm Monitoring System

  • Fire Suppression System Installation

  • Participant commitment to safety policies & expectations including:

    • No drugs, alcohol, or paraphernalia on site

    • No weapons on site

    • No violence or threats of violence

    • Curfew and quiet hours

    • Regular room inspections

  • Monitored property and building access.

  • Flooring and wall treatment replacements, including remediation from prior building uses.

  • Extensive electrical and plumbing improvements

  • New locking mechanisms for all doors



Community Support Ambassador Program

The Catalyst Community Support Ambassador Program offers workforce training and community engagement opportunities for participants at Catalyst. Volunteers in this program help ensure new participants feel welcome, assist in maintaining community spaces and learn culinary and hospitality industry skills. Ambassadors also provide feedback for developing our overall program and help facilitate community-building experiences.



Catalyst Advisory Board

Our advisory board is comprised of community members, key partners and local neighbors interested in shaping our program with us. This group meets monthly with Catalyst Leadership to offer feedback, insights, and ideas to help improve program operations, services, and community engagement, as well as learn about recent program accomplishments and updates. We appreciate the investment of our community in building our program.



Ways to Get Involved




Project referrals are currently accepted through the ROW badged list, from House of Charity, or from Hope House. For questions about referrals, please e-mail

(As a new program, the policies & expectations are subject to change at any time.)

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Still have questions?


Please use this form to share your questions or comments. If you would like to schedule a Zoom call for a conversation with Catholic Charities leadership staff, indicate that and we will follow up to schedule. 

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For more information on The Catalyst please contact
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