Stories tagged: homelessness
Thu., Sept. 6, 2018
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.
If you’ve been in a school cafeteria, you know where a lot of food goes: into the garbage.
Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 9:29 a.m.
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.
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, 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 …
Fri., July 20, 2018
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 …
Thu., July 19, 2018, 8:39 a.m.
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 Blue Cross is donating $180,000 to two Spokane nonprofits to provide housing and support for homeless families.
Sun., June 24, 2018
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.
Seattle leaders on Tuesday repealed a tax on large companies such as Amazon and Starbucks after a backlash from businesses, a stark reversal from a month ago when the City …
Sun., June 3, 2018
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 …
Mon., May 28, 2018
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.
Sun., May 20, 2018, 5 a.m.
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 …
Sat., May 19, 2018, 8:45 a.m.
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.
Wed., May 16, 2018, 11:09 a.m.
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.
The Seattle City Council has approved a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness.
Mon., May 14, 2018, 9:36 a.m.
The Seattle City Council is scheduled to vote Monday afternoon on a proposal to tax the city’s largest employers to help address homelessness.
Thu., May 10, 2018, 10:57 a.m.
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.
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.
Tue., May 8, 2018
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 …
Thu., May 3, 2018, 1:18 p.m.
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 …
Fri., April 27, 2018, 6 a.m.
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.
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 …
Thu., April 19, 2018, 11:01 a.m.
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
Thu., Feb. 1, 2018
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 …
Thu., Feb. 1, 2018
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.
Fri., Jan. 26, 2018
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.
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.
Fri., Jan. 12, 2018
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 …