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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.


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 …


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.


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.


UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 7:20 a.m.

Blessings Under the Bridge eviction notice puts spotlight on homelessness

When Lewis and Clark High School Principal Marybeth Smith drove down the alleys under Interstate 90 last week, she was surprised to find close to 50 homeless camps on or …


UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017, 11:34 p.m.

City of Spokane serves up eviction notice to Blessings Under the Bridge homeless feeding program

Blessings Under the Bridge – the nonprofit organization that provides free meals under the Interstate 90 bridge every Wednesday evening – has been told by the city of Spokane to …


Deputy fired for pepper spraying homeless man’s water bottle

A King County sheriff’s deputy has been fired for squirting pepper spray on a water bottle belonging to a man who was living under a bridge east of Seattle.


UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017, 8:47 p.m.

Washington to fight homelessness by reducing wildfire risks

Washington will help fight homelessness by trying to prevent wildfires in its northeast counties.


Tacoma considers suing opioid makers in homelessness fight

The city of Tacoma is considering suing the manufacturers of opioids such as OxyContin in its fight against homelessness.


UPDATED: Thu., April 20, 2017, 10:44 p.m.

Spokane nonprofit Blessings Under the Bridge gets chance of Lifetime

Lifetime Television was in town on Wednesday filming the first segment of a show called “Live it Forward,” which is hosted by “Highlander” star Adrian Paul and features Spokane’s Blessings …


UPDATED: Sun., March 5, 2017, 2:03 p.m.

Kennewick cracks down on church-sponsored homeless camp

Conditions at 2625 W. Bruneau Place, near Vista Way and Highway 395, have prompted the city of Kennewick to consider a new ordinance to gain some control over the situation.


City settles with family of woman run over by wastewater truck for $250,000

Stephanie R. Meier was struck and killed on a snowy morning in March 2015 by a city wastewater truck. She was remembered by workers at local homeless shelters as a …


Counting Portland’s homeless a painstaking process

For a week, outreach workers, employees with social service agencies and volunteers divvy up Multnomah County and walk streets and search parks to count homeless people.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 11:05 p.m.

As Washington’s homeless problem grows, senator and advocates debate solutions

Senator, homeless advocates disagree on how to tackle growing statewide problem.


Spokane prepares for expanded count of homeless population

Donald Stamper prefers to sleep inside, but he doesn’t always have a choice. Stamper, who’s been homeless since March, has been battling frostbite on his foot since he waited outside …


Inmate cleanup crews target downtown Spokane viaducts, overpasses

Inmates at the Geiger Correctional Facility have cleaned up hundreds of thousands of pounds of garbage over the past three years as part of a county-run grant program. They’re working …


Volunteers plan ‘one-stop shop’ for homeless services in Spokane

Businesses, nonprofits and government agencies are teaming up to host a “one-stop shop” for Spokane’s poor and homeless people.


Rob McCann’s ambitious pledge to end homelessness is ringing true

Every time a bell rings – at least in the hallways at Catholic Charities – a homeless person gets a place to live. This year, that’s been 73 vigorous peals. …


Jessica Kovac changes lives through the gift of a meal

It may have been cold last Saturday, but that didn’t matter to 500 people who formed a line curling beneath the Interstate 90 bridge waiting for a prime rib dinner …


Lives of 33 homeless Spokane residents celebrated at memorial service

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Catholic Charities is in the middle of an ambitious building blitz designed to end chronic homelessness in the region

Catholic Charities is in the middle of an ambitious building blitz aimed at ending chronic street homelessness in Spokane by 2020.


Tiny homes for the homeless proposed for Coeur d’Alene, but some officials skeptical

A homeless outreach coordinator in Coeur d’Alene wants to build a village of tiny houses to serve as temporary crisis shelter for people who desire to emerge from homelessness. They …


Shawn Vestal: Family in Virginia copes with loss of man found in Spokane River

Tim Nyden hadn’t heard from his brother, Don, in 16 months. This time.


Shawn Vestal: Study shows why we must take more action to reduce homelessness

A report prepared by the Spokane Regional Health District goes a long way toward quantifying what happens to people “downstream” of homelessness: worse health across many measures, from high blood …


Spokane County gives $50,000 to help House of Charity out of deficit

The Spokane County Commission has voted to give $50,000 to help the House of Charity provide round-the-clock homeless services amid a major budget shortfall.


Group wants to build tiny homes for homeless families on Spokane Valley church land

Robertson needs $700,000 to make the project a reality and to accomplish that, he’s looking for investors and donors who will commit to the project with monthly or one-time donations.


Shawn Vestal: New strategy helps Spokane fight homelessness

City’s new approach to helping homeless families has nearly eliminated the waiting list for that help.


City of Spokane to help fund House of Charity for round-the-clock homeless services

City officials Thursday announced a commitment to fund the House of Charity as a round-the-clock emergency shelter for homeless people in Spokane starting in 2017.


House of Charity shortfall could close drop-in center during the daytime hours

Spokane’s largest drop-in center and shelter for homeless people may all but close its doors during the day without a significant infusion of cash from local government and private donors.