Pop-Up Warming Centers
Have you ever wondered what a police sweep of a homeless camp looks like from the inside out? The first five minutes of this documentary will show you, while laying the groundwork for why we need more community-based homeless warming centers with low-barrier shelter beds.
And have you ever wondered where the chronically homeless population of our city goes when winter sets in and there aren’t enough low-barrier shelter beds available? They have three basic choices: they can camp, they can try to find a dry place under a bridge, or they can look for a privately sponsored and operated low-barrier warming center.
To answer these questions (and more) we filmed this documentary at Westminster Congregational Church in Spokane, Washington during the week of October 26 thru November 1, 2020 (7 days). It records the story of a temporary or “pop-up” warming center that was operated by a local non-profit that serves the homeless, and hosted by a local church when early snow and bitterly cold weather threatened to ravage the local homeless community due to a lack of low-barrier bed space. This is the story of “who, why, and how.”