Spokane’s head of Neighborhood Housing and Human Services Resigns

Source: Amid Camp Hope crisis, Spokane's head of Neighborhood, Housing and Human Services resigns - KXLY

SPOKANE, Wash – As the City of Spokane faces a crisis over the growing Camp Hope and works to establish a new homeless shelter, the head of the department tasked with handling housing issues has resigned after less than three months on the job.

4 News Now confirmed with Spokane City Council President Breann Beggs that John Hall has resigned his position as Director of Neighborhood, Housing and Human Services.

The City Council just approved his appointment to the position in late June after launching a search to fill the role in January.

Council President Beggs told 4 News Now, he was made aware of Hall’s departure late Tuesday and said Hall would be leaving “in the very near future.” City Spokesman Brian Coddington confirmed to 4 News Now that Hall has accepted a new job on the East Coast.

“It is a huge loss for Council, the City government overall and the entire community,” Beggs said. “He is extremely knowledgeable, very talented and there is now a huge hole to fill.”

This comes as the city is dealing with growing pressure to work on the homeless crisis, including homeless camp in east Spokane where more than 600 people have been camping for months.

The city also just opened a shelter on East Trent and began to enforce a no-camping ordinance in parts of the city.

Beggs said he’s not sure who will take over Hall’s duties.

Hall filled the position once held by Cupid Alexander, who resigned in June 2021. Alexander accused the city administrator of mistreating him because of his race.

A report in the Spokesman-Review cited that report, saying the allegations were not supported by the evidence.