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UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 10:34 a.m.

Homeless ‘good Samaritan’ gets probation in GoFundMe scam

The homeless veteran who admitted to conspiring with a New Jersey couple in a GoFundMe scam that raised more than $400,000 was sentenced Friday to five years’ probation in a …


UPDATED: Sat., March 30, 2019, 11:41 a.m.

Catholic Charities to build additional 51 units downtown for homeless

The building 9 E. First Ave. marks the eighth such development by Catholic Charities to help homeless people.


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

Spokane to offer free STA bus passes to those receiving homeless assistance

The Spokane City Council abruptly voted Thursday to set aside $30,000 in the city’s budget to purchase the passes, which supporters said is necessary to provide transportation options for those …


Then and Now: Alberta Apartments

The Alberta Apartments were built on railroad right-of-way property in 1910 just a stone’s throw away from the tracks through downtown Spokane. Like most downtown housing, they were built during …


Troublesome abandoned house along Bloomsday route to be torn down, owner says

Outside Mark Jaremko’s window sits an abandoned house on the overgrown property across the street. Char marks from a recent transient warming fire stain the house’s white paint, and particleboard …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 9:21 p.m.

2 injured in scissors attack at downtown Spokane shelter

Two Guardians Foundation employees were injured Wednesday morning after a homeless woman attacked them with scissors at Westminster Congregational warming center.


With a pot of soup and fresh socks for the homeless, ex-Boeing executive celebrates her 64th birthday

Deb Maier and her husband, Brad, bring food and new socks to the underpass about once a week. Each time they do, they meet with scores of the city’s homeless.


Construction starts on Catholic Charities $4.48 million unit for homeless

Catholic Charities, which runs the city’s largest homeless shelter and has built hundreds of permanent homes for chronically homeless people, has started construction on a four-story, 51-unit building on the …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 5:21 p.m.

Christmas Eve grinch: Gift for homeless man’s son stolen from driveway

On Christmas Eve he planned to take it to his son, so he stayed at his son’s mother’s home in Frayser. It was parked in the driveway, attached to his …


With new openings, city, charities seek to balance shelter space with need

As the city’s temporary network of warming centers across the city grows and begins to fill up, many existing emergency shelters have had to turn people away or only have …


City Council suspends sit-lie law amid shelter-bed shortage

After litigation concerns and the loss of 150 shelter beds in September, the Spokane City Council voted to suspend a law that banned people from sitting, or sleeping on sidewalks …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 3:59 p.m.

A vaccine for you, and your pooch, too

Several dozen low-income and homeless people took advantage of the WSU Colleges of Nursing and Veterinary Medicine’s free health screening and vaccination clinic on Friday.


Prosecutors: Suspect became ‘fixated’ on homeless man before fatal Seattle shooting

John Thomas Davis had grown increasingly frustrated and angry about increasing crime that he blamed on the homeless before the deadly shooting in the Licton Springs neighborhood. King County prosecutors …


King County will open west wing of downtown Seattle jail as shelter

King County plans to turn a wing of the downtown Seattle jail into a shelter for homeless people, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced Thursday.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

Washington students struggle without stable housing: ‘The problem is bigger than we thought’

Students living with all sorts of housing instability – no matter how and where they find a place to sleep – suffer academically, according to a new report. The report’s …


Boise appeals ruling on whether cities can ban sleeping on the streets

The city of Boise on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling on its “anti-camping” ordinance, an issue with ramifications for other Western cities grappling with homeless …


24 new cottage homes to provide permanent residences for women, children in Spokane

Before the end of the month, previously homeless women and children will take up permanent residence in 24 brand new cottages in northwest Spokane.


Federal court ruling adds new twist to enforcement of Spokane’s ‘sit-lie’ ordinance

Robert Martin no longer lives as a homeless man in Boise, as he once did. But Martin, now a North Idaho resident, visits that city several times a year to …


No easy solutions as Friendship House, businesses seek ways to coexist

After Friendship House’s recent decision to at least temporarily reduce the number of meals it serves to the homeless, neighbors of the nonprofit hope it’s the beginning of a solution …


Homeless Samaritan suing couple who raised funds to help him

A homeless man whose selfless act of using his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia got him worldwide attention is suing the …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

City Council seeks emergency shelters as House of Charity cuts loom

City Council voted unanimously to solicit proposals from organizations that could operate overnight shelters nightly during the winter, not just when temperatures dipped below freezing.


Mount Vernon homeless meals cut due to neighbor complaints

Officials say a cafeteria in Mount Vernon will no longer serve breakfast and lunch to people who lack permanent shelter because of complaints from neighboring businesses.


House of Charity, city of Spokane agree to end 24/7 shelter, citing health and safety concerns

Around-the-clock staffing will end Sept. 1 at the downtown emergency shelter House of Charity, which has been put on life support multiple times by city funds since opening two years …


Homeless kids: It’s not just an urban issue

A recent state report shows a 10 percent homeless rate among Native American youths in the county. That’s nearly triple the state average of 3.7 percent and greater than any …


String of assaults fuels criticism of Seattle’s handling of homelessness crisis

Advocates for the homeless say that while serious, the incidents represent a minute fraction of similar crimes committed in the region, and that homeless people are more likely to be …


42,000 pounds of garbage: Seattle quietly cleaning up, clearing out hot spots for people living in vehicles

Seattle is cleaning up trash around clusters of homeless vehicle campers — and sometimes towing them.


UPDATED: Thu., May 31, 2018, 7:32 p.m.

Spokane city leaders urge residents to continue donating to homelessness funding drive

The “Give Real Change” program launched last year has raised more than $15,000 to assist organizations providing assistance to the homeless. Residents can continue to give this summer at orange …


New homeless count in King County shows spike in number of people sleeping outside

For the first time, King County’s annual one-night count of homelessness found more than half of homeless people were sleeping outside versus in shelter, with a stark increase in the …


UPDATED: Wed., May 30, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

Seattle mayor to move quickly to house more homeless

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Wednesday she wants to get hundreds more homeless people into tiny houses, emergency shelters and other safe housing over the next 90 days.


Homeless, aging and ill: Respite programs can be a lifesaver, but space is extremely limited

Davis is part of a growing aging homeless population that is often in need of medical help in the Yakima Valley, where a service shortage sometimes can lead to death. …