'Absolutely crucial': WA State Dept. of Social and Health Services provide resources to people living at Camp
'Absolutely crucial': WA State Dept. of Social and Health Services provide resources to people living at Camp Hope

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services has brought a Mobile Community Services Office truck to Camp Hope.

The truck, along with eight DSHS staff members, will help connect people living at the encampment to various services and programs, including Electronic Benefits Transfer Cards, which serve as debit cards for people looking to get food or other financial assistance.

“Our primary service that we’re trying to connect people with is food assistance, we are equipped to process entire interviews and actually issue EBT cards on the spot. So people can come onto the truck and if they qualify and have all of the requirements met they can leave with their EBT card ready to go,” said Melissa Knox with DSHS.

People living at Camp Hope can also enroll in a Medicaid Savings Program, which helps cover some Medicaid costs.

“We also help people with age, blind, or disabled cash assistance, referrals for Medicaid, and a lot of other social referrals, we can give a lot of information out, and we also do “identicards” which is a referral service to drastically decrease the cost of a new ID, which is very important for people,” Knox said.

They will be at Camp Hope for the rest of the week and return the following week.

The Department of Health and the Department of Licensing will also be returning to Camp Hope on Wednesday to assist those who need help with getting or replacing birth certificates and identification. So far, 213 state ID cards and 78 birth certificates have been given out to people living at Camp Hope.

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A federal lawsuit was filed last week against the City of Spokane, Spokane County, Spokane County Sherriff Ozzie Knezovich and Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl to prevent Camp Hope from being cleared. City officials want Camp Hope to be cleared by Nov. 15.

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