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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. …


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 2:15 p.m.

Hundreds gather in Yakima seeking solutions for homelessness

An annual gathering aimed to get service providers and advocates from across the state together to share ideas on solving homelessness boasted a record attendance of about 800 people Tuesday …


Residents of homeless camps in Spokane to be directed to shelters under new law

New city laws aiming to protect Spokane’s publicly owned land will prohibit camping in the future. Those living in the camps will be directed to services, including shelters, unless all …


Durkan’s dilemma: Seattle mayor caught between fury over head tax, push to help homeless

Mayor Jenny Durkan is facing a homeless crisis, residents and business owners questioning Seattle’s spending, and City Council members pushing a tax on large employers that would raise $75 million …


Camping, marijuana and drone use to be restricted under new rules for Spokane’s parks

The Spokane City Council is scheduled to consider Monday a suite of laws that will alter how the enforcement arm of the city’s Parks Department may respond to people staying …


UPDATED: Sat., April 21, 2018, 4:33 p.m.

Man killed in random knife attack at California steakhouse

A homeless man who randomly stabbed a man to death as he was holding his daughter in a crowded Southern California restaurant was reported just a few hours earlier for …


UPDATED: Mon., April 9, 2018, 8:23 p.m.

Rise in Spokane homeless attributed to better counting effort

Spokane’s annual homeless count expanded from the downtown core to the entire county this year and found 1,245 people without a home.


UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018, 9:41 a.m.

Seattle panel urges ‘head tax’ to fund help for homeless

A Seattle task force is recommending the City Council adopt a $75 million-per-year “head tax” on high-grossing businesses to help address homelessness.


State uses sting operation to fine companies accused of veteran housing discrimination

Three Spokane-area rental companies illegally discriminated against veterans who use federal housing vouchers, according to the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.


Yakima homeless shelter gets conditional OK; many neighbors vow to continue fight

Neighboring residents and business owners near a proposed permanent homeless shelter in Yakima say they don’t plan to accept Friday’s project approval without a fight.


New homelessness response system underway in Idaho

A new homelessness response system launched Jan. 22 across Idaho prioritizes those with the greatest needs rather than the first-come, first-serve approach that homeless service providers have used in the …


Oregon sweeps Salem homeless camp days before annual count

Authorities have broken up a homeless camp that was under a bridge in east Salem.


Inmates quilt for the homeless

The prison quilting group formed about five years ago with a handful of inmates who had grown up sewing with their grandmothers, said Jeanne Thietje, the community partnership programs coordinator …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 17, 2018, 10:23 p.m.

Volunteers to use app in upcoming count of homeless people in Spokane

Spokane is revamping its annual count of the city’s homeless people to gather more data that city officials hope will help them better find gaps in services.


Seattle mayor wants to use money from land sale for homeless

Mayor Jenny Durkan wants to use $11 million in proceeds from the expected sale of a city-owned property to fund new rental assistance and short-term housing options for the homeless.


Homeless man gets new lease on life after fighting cancer

He’d been diagnosed with stage four cancer, a disease that had killed his father, his grandfather and his sister. He was homeless, camping in a tent down in a canyon …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 26, 2017, 2:28 p.m.

3 stabbed at Seattle homeless shelter

Authorities say three men were stabbed in a homeless shelter in Seattle.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 11:32 a.m.

Arson blaze caps a rough year for Moscow housing facility

A suspected arsonist told police he was high on meth and hearing voices when he set fire to a transitional housing facility in Moscow, Idaho.


Salem taxi company offers cabs to help homeless stay warm

A Salem taxi company is offering homeless residents a seat inside its cabs on chilly nights when the city’s warming centers are not open.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 3:05 p.m.

Mentally ill, drug-addicted homeless pose challenge for city

This is the lesson that the working-class city of Everett has learned: It takes a community to rescue the hardcore homeless.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 11:27 a.m.

Spokane budget adds police, upgrades alleys and maintains homeless funding amid Public Works concerns

Lawmakers unanimously approved a spending plan bolstered by healthy sales and real estate tax receipts, but not before ushering through a series of amendments aimed at reversing some of the …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 4:04 p.m.

Bellingham homeless youth capture photos of daily lives

When he was in the military, Daniel Liddicoet realized that photography was a powerful tool for expression.


Washington women take narrow path out of homelessness

Stories of Kitsap County women who lost their homes and worked to find homes again show the narrow path back to having a place to call home.


Blessings Under the Bridge struggling after deal with city falls through

Spokane’s largest homeless outreach has moved amidst a disagreement with the city over how to provide services. The nonprofit was leasing space under the I-90 bridge until the city served …