Stories tagged: homelessness
Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 5 p.m.
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 …
Sun., Nov. 26, 2017, 6 a.m.
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 …
Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 5 a.m.
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 …
Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 8:44 a.m.
Tech, housing boom creates homeless crisis on West Coast
A homeless crisis of unprecedented proportions is rocking the West Coast, and its victims are being left behind by the very things that mark the region’s success: soaring housing costs, …
Sat., Nov. 4, 2017, 6 a.m.
A night at the House of Charity: anxiety, camaraderie and a few good dogs
House of Charity has long been a men’s overnight shelter and day center for homeless adults, but with Spokane trying to provide 24/7 shelter services, it’s also taken on the …
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 6:01 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Even if the homeless can’t be ‘fixed,’ Spokane should keep offering help
Randall and Steven, and people like them, represent perhaps the toughest frontier in the effort to combat homelessness – people who, for a host of reasons, remain unhelped, unhoused, un-“fixed”.
Wed., Sept. 13, 2017
Meters for change: City launches program to discourage panhandling
Spokane has put two dozen bright orange parking meters around the city to encourage people to give money to fund programs for the homeless.
Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 3:46 p.m.
In the hands of homeless teens and refugees, cameras offer a different view of Spokane in Terrain’s ‘Snapshot’ exhibit
Does art have the power to soften hostility? Can pictures provide a window for understanding?
Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 1:52 p.m.
Man charged in fatal shooting at Seattle homeless encampment
A 34-year-old man has been charged in a fatal shooting inside a tent at a Seattle homeless encampment.
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 10:51 p.m.
Stuckart regrets decision to use boulders to move homeless, calls for ‘tent city’
Following significant blowback against the city’s action dumping tons of boulders under I-90 to stop homeless campers, Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart is now calling for a “tent city” …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 1, 2017, 8:07 a.m.
City lays boulders beneath I-90 in downtown Spokane to shift homeless to shelters
Boulders were dropped for a cost of $150,000, and city leaders say it’s just one of many steps Spokane is taking to get people off the streets and into the …
Wed., Aug. 30, 2017
Shawn Vestal: Caring for city’s homeless is a tall order. It’s also a necessary one.
The man was sitting patiently, draped in a barber’s cape, as Derek Rice trimmed the hair above his ears. Asked his name, he replied, “My name is No.”
Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 11:33 a.m.
Oregon homeless population increases 6 percent
A survey of Oregon’s homeless population shows the number of people living on the streets or in a shelter has jumped by 6 percent from two years ago.
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 10:51 p.m.
Efforts helping Spokane’s homeless young adults
The city hit its goal in helping over 100 homeless youth in Spokane during a 100-day challenge this spring and summer, finding housing for
Sat., Aug. 12, 2017
Tending nature’s bounty: Denominations come together for Spokane Valley garden
Parishioners and volunteers have transformed an unused field on the grounds of the Spokane Valley Adventist Church into a community garden. The hope: to teach gardening, provide food for formerly …
UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017, 10:06 p.m.
Washington’s homeless student population 8th largest in nation, study finds
The number of homeless students in Washington state increased 30 percent between 2011 and 2015, according to a study released Thursday.
Mon., July 24, 2017, 12:22 p.m.
Officials to remove hundreds of homeless from Oregon land
State and local officials have come up with an agricultural land management plan that involves removing about 200 to 400 people living in homeless camps on private and public property.
UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Working across faiths, three churches shift 200 beds for homeless families
Members of three churches did some heavy lifting Thursday evening, moving 200 bed frames and mattresses into a new 50-unit apartment building for homeless families in Spokane Valley.
Fri., July 14, 2017, 5 a.m.
Leaving the streets: Housing challenge gives homeless youth a shot at independent living
Spokane is in the final weeks of a challenge to house 100 homeless young people, ages 12 to 24, in 100 days. King and Pierce counties are also participating, with …
Wed., June 28, 2017, 10:46 a.m.
Tacoma begins moving homeless to temporary shelters
Tacoma started helping homeless people move into the city’s first temporary emergency shelters.
Sat., June 24, 2017
Hoopfest in sight, “Blessings” homeless teams aim for glory
Blessings Under the Bridge has convened two teams from the city’s homeless population to compete in this weekend’s Hoopfest.
Thu., June 22, 2017, 2:23 p.m.
Seattle mayor offers plan to make it easier for people with criminal pasts to find housing
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has sent a proposal to the City Council aimed at reducing barriers to rental housing for people with criminal records.
UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 7:56 p.m.
Spokane resumes full funding for 24/7 homeless shelters, including House of Charity
After months of pleading for funding from other government and private sources, Spokane has agreed to commit more than half a million dollars to fully fund a 24 hour shelter …
UPDATED: Sat., June 17, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
Camp Hope: A day in life at Yakima’s homeless encampment
Since Camp Hope opened in mid-March, 160 people have spent at least one night at the camp, a largely out-of-sight, city-sponsored homeless encampment behind the former Kmart building on East …
Fri., June 9, 2017, 8:58 a.m.
Would you pay millions to have lunch with Warren Buffett?
The price of a private lunch with billionaire Warren Buffett may top several million dollars in an online auction to benefit a California homeless charity.
Thu., June 8, 2017, 5 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: In life, ‘Dutch Bros. Guy’ was seen by many, known by few
In the Google Maps image, you see him clearly: Sitting cross-legged on the sidewalk at the intersection of Division and Sharp, huddled behind a cardboard sign asking for help. Steven …
Tue., May 23, 2017, 11:27 a.m.
Crews clear Seattle homeless camp ahead of light rail work
Crews are continuing to clear out a homeless encampment next to Interstate 90 in Seattle.
Sat., May 20, 2017, 5:09 a.m.
Carlyle Care Center in downtown Spokane to stop serving residents with severe mental illness
The Spokane area’s largest assisted-living facility is closing its doors to more than 100 residents with severe mental illness and complex medical problems, and social workers are scrambling to find …
UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 10:36 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Homelessness is up, according to report, but that may not be a bad thing
Officially, Spokane’s homeless numbers went up significantly this year. Rob McCann thinks that’s great news.