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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 …


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 …


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, …


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”.


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.


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?


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 …


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.”


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


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.


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.