Key leader in Spokane's homelessness response leaves City Hall

A key leader in the city of Spokane’s response to homelessness quietly departed last month.

Tija Danzig, a senior manager in the city’s Community Housing and Human Services Department, left the city to accept a job at the nonprofit Americares, leaving a hole in a department that already had a reputation for being heavily relied upon by the city.

Danzig had been with the city since 2017 and played a key role in numerous efforts to combat homelessness, such as the Point in Time Count, an annual census of the area’s homeless population.

Through the coronavirus pandemic, she was instrumental in ensuring the continued operation of shelters, which were

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