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Finding shelter: A night with the women of Spokane’s Hope House

During a hot summer evening, women at Spokane’s Hope House shelter shared their thoughts, impressions and life experiences. The shelter is part of Spokane’s 24/7 network for homeless people, built …


Olympia council declares homelessness a public health emergency, delays camp eviction

The Olympia City Council on Tuesday declared a public health emergency related to homelessness and postponed the eviction of people in one homeless camp on city-owned property for at least …


UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018, 5:58 p.m.

Premera giving $180,000 to Spokane housing charities

Premera Blue Cross is donating $180,000 to two Spokane nonprofits to provide housing and support for homeless families.


Goodbye Linnie’s Thai: Storied corner to be site of new women’s shelter

As West Coast cities grapple with rising homelessness, the storied southwest corner of Third Avenue and Adams Street is about to change once again, this time into a four-story building …


UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018, 8:05 p.m.

Businesses get a win on head tax, but solution to Seattle homelessness crisis still elusive

Seattle leaders on Tuesday repealed a tax on large companies such as Amazon and Starbucks after a backlash from businesses, a stark reversal from a month ago when the City …


Homeless but not hopeless: Spokane high school students overcome the odds

Hundreds of high school students in Spokane are trying to beat homelessness as they try to build a better future. For the past four years, Spokane Public Schools has been …


Then and Now: Volunteers of America

Around 1899, a VOA chapter started in Spokane, organizing their charitable activities where they could find space. The group offered religious services along with food and shelter.


Spokane leaders have ‘no appetite’ for Seattle-like ‘head tax’ to address homelessness

Mayor David Condon and a majority of the Spokane City Council pointed to investments that have already been made in addressing housing issues within city limits that don’t necessitate taxing …


Group launches bid to repeal Seattle’s new tax on companies

A coalition of businesses in Seattle has started a campaign to repeal the city’s new tax on large businesses to help fund homeless services and affordable housing.


Seattle’s head-tax fight goes to the next round: How best to solve homelessness?

The next step for Seattle’s controversial new tax on big businesses is a crucial one: How best to spend its new $45 million head-tax revenue next year to get people …


UPDATED: Mon., May 14, 2018, 5:56 p.m.

Seattle approves business tax for homelessness

The Seattle City Council has approved a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness.


Seattle City Council set to vote on controversial head tax for large employers

The Seattle City Council is scheduled to vote Monday afternoon on a proposal to tax the city’s largest employers to help address homelessness.


King County needs to spend $400 million a year to solve homeless crisis, new report says

An independent report on King County’s homelessness crisis by the consulting firm McKinsey & Company finds that squeezing efficiencies out of the current system isn’t enough to solve it; 14,000 …


UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2018, 7:21 p.m.

Not just an ‘Amazon tax’: Some Seattle businesses join head-tax fight

Dozens of Seattle businesses not named Amazon are calling for the city to abandon its proposed head tax, which would raise money for affordable housing and homelessness services.


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 …


San Diego did what Seattle didn’t: give people a safe place to sleep in cars

Seattle has struggled to get thousands of people living in their vehicles into housing. How have programs in San Diego and Santa Barbara managed to be more successful, and cost …


At home but still on the street: Valley ordinance would limit stay of occupied RVs

The popularity of the vehicles is strong – even growing – in Spokane Valley and the region, as evidenced by sprawling dealerships along the I-90 corridor and RV parks on …


UPDATED: Mon., April 23, 2018, 9:30 a.m.

This tiny house village allows drugs. Should it have been put in a high drug-traffic area?

Last April, in a dirt-and-gravel lot on Aurora, a 65-person village of tents and shed-sized tiny houses popped up inside a chain-link fence with barbed wire. It’s called Licton Springs …


Homelessness hits K-12 students hard

Recent data shows homelessness among students K-12 rising statewide for the ninth school year in a row, to a new high of 40,934, according to the state Office of the …


UPDATED: Sun., April 15, 2018, 9:17 p.m.

No place for a daughter: Spokane parents of homeless woman who died in RV speak out about Seattle ‘safe zone’

Spokane native Sabrina Tate died inside her RV on April 5, three weeks before her 28th birthday. A week later, the RV remained in the


At Blessings Under the Bridge, friends offer prayers for couple struck in north Spokane auto-pedestrian incident

Clay Brock and Michele Purkey, a Spokane couple struck by vehicles on Division Street, were remembered by friends and acquaintances at Blessings Under the Bridge’s weekly meal Thursday night. Purkey …


House panel votes for aid to homeless college students

Homeless students in Washington would have more support for housing and living service while attending universities under two bills passed by a legislative committee Wednesday.


With new tech in place, city hopes to improve homeless count

Spokane’s annual homeless count got underway Thursday with a higher-tech upgrade the city hopes will yield better data.


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.


With homelessness on the rise, Spokane organizations welcome federal dollars, fear state funds may be in peril

Nearly $4 million in federal funding was awarded to Spokane-area organizations Thursday, dollars aimed at ending homelessness at a time when the number of homeless people is on the rise …


How backpacks and a bus ride changed Rick Clark’s life

Once chance encounter helped Rick Clark continue his education and found a program to help the homeless.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017, 10:48 p.m.

At Crosswalk Christmas, the gift of warmth for homeless youth

One by one, young adults filed through what, in ordinary circumstances, would be a bedroom at the Crosswalk shelter in downtown Spokane. They grabbed Christmas gifts, stockings, blankets and coats …


Jonathan Mallahan, longtime social services director, plans departure from Spokane City Hall

Mallahan, who started with the city as an intern in the Office of Neighborhood Services in 2006, will leave City Hall at the beginning of next year for a position …


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.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, 8:48 p.m.

New housing for the homeless to open at Donna Hanson Haven

Crews are still putting the finishing touches on the four-story building, the newest homeless housing to be built by Catholic Charities in Spokane. The organization’s staff gathered with community members …