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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.


House passes budget plan

House Democrats pass supplemental budget with more money for teachers, homeless programs.


Rise in homeless students seen in state

The number of homeless students continues to grow statewide.


3 teens arrested in Seattle homeless camp shooting

Police arrested three teenage boys in connection with a shooting at a Seattle homeless encampment that left 2 people dead and three others wounded.


Millwood church provides a place for Spokane Valley youth

In just a handful of years the youth programs at Millwood Presbyterian Community Church have grown to regularly attract 60-80 kids to evening and after-school activities. While about 25 percent …


Shawn Vestal: Preventing homelessness a worthy goal

Some 3,000 Spokane County kids don’t have a home of their own to go to after the school bell rings. About three-quarters of them are “doubled-up” – staying with family …


100 years ago in Spokane: Chinese residents debate which new year to celebrate

From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokane Daily Chronicle reported a rift in the city’s Chinese population, between those who wanted to celebrate the American New Year, and those …


Homelessness increasing in big US cities

LOS ANGELES – Homelessness is on the rise in many of America’s biggest cities as wealth concentrates in urban centers, elevating rents and squeezing supplies of affordable housing in places …


VA rule could leave some homeless veterans out in the cold

Some homeless veterans might not qualify for aid if the VA strictly enforces a rule.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 2, 2015, 10:23 p.m.

Spokane’s youth homeless rate 33 percent higher than state average, study says

A study conducted by Eastern Washington University professors indicates that Spokane’s rate of youth homelessness is about 33 percent higher than the state average. Additionally, the study identifies a gap …


Coeur d’Alene planning redevelopment of Sherman Avenue

Depending on who you ask, the east gateway to Coeur d’Alene is either a thriving business district or an urban blemish. An up-and-coming working neighborhood with grit, or drab and …


Coeur d’Alene Stand Down to aid homeless veterans

Homeless veterans can pick up fresh supplies for living on the streets at St. Vincent de Paul’s annual North Idaho Veterans Stand Down next weekend in Coeur d’Alene. The Department …


Housing First approach puts stable shelter at top of the list

Douglas Glen first snorted meth as an ironworker in Las Vegas, trying to keep up with an all-day everyday schedule. He knew a guy named Speed, and Speed had a …


Innovation easing strain on Spokane’s social safety net

In many ways, the revolution in housing philosophy is part of a widespread series of changes in Spokane’s safety net services. Recent years have seen several innovative approaches, from adding …


Shawn Vestal: Tiny homes might be foundation to build upon

What if one weapon to fight homelessness was actually something very small, affordable and obvious? What if it just boiled down to providing a house? A tiny, tiny house? It …


Homeless, supporters gather for 10th annual memorial

Don Juan Foster collected cans for money and often slept on a bench just off the Centennial Trail in Mission Park. The 55-year-old died after being hit by a car. …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Washington Children’s Home Society declared that Thanksgiving should be Homeless Children Day.


Feeding the homeless: Act of charity or a crime?

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Despite being charged with violating a new law by feeding the homeless in South Florida, 90-year-old Arnold Abbott said he’s not deterred and even went back …


Could parking meters be used to reduce panhandling?

The city of Pasadena is letting homeless people keep the change. The Los Angeles suburb is turning 14 parking meters into repositories for donations made to nonprofits that serve the …


Art of reinvention

Chris Gardner, whose best-selling autobiography was the basis of the 2006 movie “The Pursuit of Happyness,” will speak Monday in Spokane at a luncheon to benefit the Women Helping Women …


CdA considers police substation for East Sherman Avenue

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department wants to open a substation on East Sherman Avenue as part of a community policing effort in the downtown neighborhood known for its visible homeless …


Spokane City Councilman declines assistant, uses money for other programs

To Councilman Steve Salvatori, the homeless need a place to sleep more than he needs a full-time assistant. So, after a heated debate at the end of last year on …


Washington Legislature advances school bills

OLYMPIA – Washington schools would be required to protect students against emotional bullying, keep more data on homeless students and test whether extra days would help students retain more from …


Shawn Vestal: Rep. Kevin Parker puts concerns of homeless into action

House Bill 2415 reflects the way that politics is supposed to work: Citizens talk to their representative about a problem; their representative researches possible solutions to that problem; their representative …