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2nd Street Commons

COEUR d'ALENE - Think of it more as a living room downtown for people who need one, and less a soup kitchen for the homeless crowd.

The 2nd Street Commons has quietly been operating as just a warm place where homeless people can get away from the cold weather, get a hot lunch, a cup of coffee - but also maybe get a lead on a job and attend a peer support meeting.

Those who run the place fear there could be an increase in visitors after the homeless people living in camps in the woods behind Target were told to move. Meanwhile, 2nd Street is already hurting for food and money to meet the needs of those already relying on it. Read more. David Cole, CdA Press

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Gookin Asks Longo To Watch Vagrants

Responding to a constituents concern (and photo) re: the increasing number of vagrants, homeless in Coeur d'Alene, Councilman Dan Gookin exchanged emails with Police Chief Wayne Longo (which Huckleberries Online obtained via a public records request). This is the first of those exchanges, sent at 3 p.m. Thursday — from Gookin to Longo: “I'm not happy with this (email attached). Is it 'profiling' to stop a vagrant walking around East Sherman with a parcel in his possession? I would argue, 'Not now.' Also, in the picture, anyone pushing a shopping cart through the streets is guilty of grand theft. I believe stopping someone pushing a cart like this is probably cause, not profiling, and not picking on someone who is 'homeless.' Given that the Post Office will no longer leave parcels at the front doors, it's no longer a choice in my opinion. This situation is not going to look good. I don't believe my constituants moved to Coeur d'Alene so that they could live with this kind of stuff going on. They expect packages to be left on the front porch and not stolen by vagrants. Thank you for your time.”

  • Gookin sent this email to Longo the day before re: crimes of opportunity. Click here.

Question: Are you concerned with possible criminal activity created by the increasing number of homeless and vagrants in the Coeur d'Alene area? And/or: Should Coeur d'Alene police profile individuals who appear to be homeless?

Family Promise Back On Its Feet

Item: Community help lets shelter reopen: North Idaho nonprofit allows families to stay together/Alison Boggs, SR

More Info: After taking a two-month hiatus to raise money, a North Idaho nonprofit organization that shelters homeless families for up to 90 days will be back in business on Sunday. When Family Promise put out the call that a funding shortfall would close its doors, the community responded. Its annual Cardboard Box City fundraiser, in which community members get a small taste of what it’s like to be homeless by staying overnight in cardboard boxes, raised some $12,000. In addition, an anonymous donor kicked in $10,000, and business partners including Coeur d’Alene Mines, Windermere Real Estate, North Idaho Eye Institute and Pita Pit helped out.

Question: Do you think local government and agencies are taking steps to address the homeless situation in Coeur d'Alene/North Idaho?

INW News: Fighting Cancer Homeless

Alicia Ponce-Myers, 12, has spent the past month in a Sacred Heart Children's Hospital room recovering from cancer. Alicia and her family, from Tonasket, Wash., are homeless and lived in a tent. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

AM: Neighbors Fight Fresh Start

Cherie McCabe, left, talks with neighbor Melody Turner on Friday in her home near Fresh Start in Coeur d’Alene. McCabe is one of 89 homeowners in the area surrounding Fresh Start in the 1500 block of East Sherman Avenue who have signed petitions against the homeless drop-in center. SR story by Alison Boggs here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Homeless Man Is Online Sensation

Ted Williams olds a sign advertising his smooth radio voice near a highway ramp in Columbus, Ohio. Williams, who is homeless, became an online video sensation when the Columbus Dispatch posted a video of him speaking in his deep baritone voice on its website this week. The Cleveland Cavaliers contacted him on Wednesday to offer him an announcing job. You can see YouTube here. (AP Photo/Columbus Dispatch, Doral Chenoweth III)

Question: Do you have a good voice for radio?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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