The last thing Spokane needs right now is a nightshift that can’t keep up with the demands of its clientele.
In a city where many nights are spent in hotels, the nightshift can mean having to sleep on couches or couches with strangers, or the nights can be spent in cars parked out in the city.
“I have a lot of friends that are homeless and I have had to share a couch with them, and it’s hard to get them to sleep in the same bed,” said Jessica Lee, owner of Seattle Escorts, a night shift escort agency that has been operating in Spokane for two years.
Lee and her partners have had some success with the city’s new night shift program, but they have struggled to keep up.
The city announced in February that it will start offering night shift escorts on Saturdays starting at midnight, and Lee said it’s been a challenge to keep it up.
“We’ve had to close a few nights,” Lee said.
On Monday, Lee’s company will have a full night shift and she said she hopes to continue to operate through the weekend.
But she said her customers have been reluctant to accept the shift shift.
“People don’t want to be the people that have to get up at 4 a.m.,” Lee said, referring to the time that most night shift drivers are at work.
While Seattle’s new program is only part of a broader shift shift in Spokane, the city is also opening up its night shift to all.
The city is allowing people who are homeless to apply to take part in the program, which is meant to help people who can’t work.
But it also allows night shift workers to accept pay and benefits from city agencies, including housing, food and medical care.
A shift shift, on the other hand, can be a stressful and isolating experience.
Kari Kukur, a former employee of the Spokane Police Department who was hired as an escort in the spring, said she struggled with a lack of security while working the night shift.
After working for a couple of months, Kukul said she was offered a full-time job at the city, but she said the city was too strict about her schedule.
“I had to make sure that I had an interview, that I was in the right place at the right time, and I had to do everything that was asked of me,” Kuku said.
She said she would often find herself getting called by other officers for hours at a time.
Even when she was able to negotiate a time when she could get home safely, she said, she had to be careful not to leave anyone behind, and to keep herself safe by being prepared for the worst.
“You know, sometimes I’d just get up and go for a run or just get out of there,” she said.
Kukur said she found the shift work difficult because of her work ethic, but it made her feel more confident and comfortable.
Kakur, who has worked as a night manager for the city for about a year, said one of the biggest challenges she faced during her time was not being able to afford to pay her rent, which can run up to $1,000 a month.
She said the job also made it difficult to pay bills.
“Sometimes, you have to go out of your way to pay people, so that you can go out and do what you love, because otherwise you’re just taking it for granted,” she added.
A shift change can be costly for some people.
Many homeless people in Spokane are using night shifts to supplement their income and sometimes, their day jobs, while waiting to be housed, according to a survey by the nonprofit Seattle Human Services Project.
The survey found that night shift employees spend on average $10,000 to $14,000 on rent a year.
The Spokane City Council will vote on the night shifts on Thursday.