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UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 7:10 a.m.

Council delays vote on relaxing Spokane City Hall visiting rules amid concerns it would become daytime shelter

A proposal that some say will turn City Hall into a daytime homeless shelter has been shelved for at least a month after city employees raised concerns about safety and …


Shawn Vestal: Snow flies, and city is still seeking answers to shelter crisis

The temperatures had just peaked above 40 degrees on Wednesday, boosted by the bright sun.


Under Kate Burke proposal, Spokane City Hall visitors could stay all day; critics say plan could turn lobby into day shelter

City Council could soon vote on a proposal to allow people to stay in City Hall’s lobby all day, which one council member said could turn the building into a …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 26, 2018, 8:40 a.m.

Angler commits to fishing for 3,500 consecutive minutes to benefit homeless kids in Spokane County

It sounds like a good excuse to go fishing. But it’s more than that. Avid outdoorsman Ryan Rowe is going to fish for 3,500 consecutive minutes, 1 minute for each …


Homeless shelter Family Promise moving into Cassano’s Grocery building

Family Promise homeless shelter moving into Italian grocery story Cassano’s amid plans to open as winter weather arrives in Spokane.


Pearl Jam announces $1.3M donation to help end homelessness

A month after holding two-sold out concerts in Seattle to raise money to combat homelessness, Pearl Jam has announced that some of the money will go toward ensuring no young …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 6:04 p.m.

Bezos pledges $2 billion to help homeless families and launch a network of preschools

Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, on Thursday announced he was starting up philanthropic organizations focused on providing help to homeless families and preschools for low-income communities, a later start …


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.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 10:25 a.m.

For homeless students in rural Washington, just getting to school is hard

The number of homeless students continues to overwhelm districts throughout the state. Educators have become the first, and in many cases the only, line of defense for students worried about …


Court rules people can’t be prosecuted for sleeping in streets; Spokane to review its own ordinances

After a federal appeals court ruled that prosecuting people for sleeping on the street when they can’t find shelter is unconstitutional, Spokane’s city officials are reviewing local ordinances that restrict …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 2:11 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Student launches program to collect school food for the hungry

If you’ve been in a school cafeteria, you know where a lot of food goes: into the garbage.


Report: More Idaho students experiencing homelessness

A new report says the number of Idaho public school students experiencing homelessness has grown by 64 percent over seven years.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 9:04 p.m.

Treasure Valley homelessness program assists over 100 families in first year

With the help of the understanding landlord and local nonprofit CATCH, Inc., Boise resident Joanna Sherman was able to move in and have a place to call her own for …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 9:19 a.m.

Catholic Charities refutes claims of lawlessness and building a ‘small army’ of homeless people

Catholic Charities, which runs the city’s largest homeless shelter and has built hundreds of permanent homes for chronically homeless people, aggressively pushed back against what it deemed “some very serious …


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 …