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Agencies team up to find solutions

Gregory Wright needed a place to live, but the single father knew the prospects of finding one in Spokane are practically zilch – none of the homeless programs in the …


Homeless campers pack up

They left quietly, saying goodbye to the patch of sidewalk under the freeway that was the only home they’ve known for the last couple of months. Residents of a homeless …


Homeless campers getting the boot

As many as 50 people living under the Interstate 90 viaduct in downtown Spokane will have to find somewhere else to sleep. Spokane officials announced Thursday that they will enforce …


City will order campers to vacate viaduct next week

Spokane officials announced today that they soon will order homeless campers staying under the Interstate 90 viaduct downtown to vacate their tents. But they said they will wait until next …


Homeless youth who died included four 17-year-olds

Community leaders clarified statistics released earlier this week indicating six homeless children had died in the Spokane area this year, now saying the youngest victims were in their late teens. …


Homeless no more

Now that Ervine Osman has a home, he’s looking forward to doing the little things most people take for granted. “Make a pot of coffee,” he said. “Take a shower.”


Education Notebook: Cold students, warm hearts

The Ferris High School ASB officers camped out in the cold for a cause earlier this month in their annual “Freezin’ for a Reason” fundraiser, to raise awareness about homelessness …


Teen shelter seeks help after federal grants cut

A local emergency teen shelter is struggling to keep its doors open on weekends after two federal grants were not renewed. Spokane’s Crosswalk Teen Shelter was going to close on …


Young people raising awareness about homelessness

Katrina Boik has never been homeless and the closest she’s ever gotten to spending a night outdoors is camping with her family. That’s going to change Friday night, when Boik …


Downtown’s Beignets closes, blames loiterers

Owners of a downtown Spokane restaurant are closing their doors and blaming teens and adults who they say loiter on the block and harass customers. Judie Sowards, who owns Beignets …


Bed rest for the weary

Mike Hamilton’s hands tell the story. His fingers are short and thick – too short, you realize – and it’s hard not to look at them and wonder what happened. …


Homeless teen still finds time to volunteer

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. - Kaitlyn Toomey views herself like any other teenager, except for one thing: She doesn’t have a home.


Spokane group seeks housing aid proposals

The city of Spokane’s Human Services Department, in partnership with the Spokane Regional Homeless Governance Council, is seeking proposals for grant funding to reduce homelessness. The request for proposals covers …


Friends in need: Mission helps unemployed reacquire interview skills – and jobs

Marty Hall believes in second chances. Hall said he worked in the hospitality business for 25 years before he suffered verbal abuse and developed a drinking problem. He lost two …


Grants support homeless

The federal government has renewed funding next year for 208 Washington state programs serving the homeless, including about $3 million for 28 Spokane programs. The U.S. Department of Housing and …


Youth clothing bank opens

Spokane teen Cassiady Lenhert owned only one pair of shoes, a couple of T-shirts, a few pairs of pants and a sweatshirt. She said she was thrilled to learn about …


Youth clothing bank opens for homeless students

Spokane teen Cassiady Lenhert owned only one pair of shoes, a couple of T-shirts, a few pairs of pants and a sweatshirt. She said she was thrilled to learn about …


Voiceless not friendless

Two and a half years ago, Bridget Bradick and her children stepped off a train in Spokane as refugees from domestic violence and stumbled into poverty and homelessness. She left …


Welfare, child support cuts hit hard

It was hard last year for a Spokane mother of three trying to work her way off welfare. It’s much worse now. “I was trying to make the right steps, …


Budget cuts thwart single mom’s effort to escape poverty

It was hard last year for a Spokane mother of three trying to work her way off welfare. It’s much worse now.


Once-homeless racers take to the course

There are probably as many reasons to run in Bloomsday as there are participants, but a group of homeless and formerly homeless Bloomies are doing it for self-respect. “I did …


To those needing shelter, Spokane Valley woman’s door is open

There is a home in a part of the Spokane Valley that has seen better days, a home where poor, forgotten people have found a safe place to rest along …


Longtime leader Stuckart leaving helm of nonprofit SNAP

Few people have done as much to pull Spokane residents out of poverty as Larry Stuckart, who will step down as executive director of SNAP next month after 20 years …


Obama’s budget plan would shrink nonprofit for poor SNAP

The spending plan unveiled by the Obama administration on Monday would halve funding for two programs that provide Spokane’s most vulnerable residents with heat and shelter. It also would mean …


In brief: Former TV newswoman Wilde rescued from river

A former Spokane TV newswoman was rescued from her sport utility vehicle by Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team members after she drove into Latah Creek on Sunday afternoon. Debra …


North Idaho program connects homeless, social services

POST FALLS – A young man in Carhartts waited for a ride outside the Idaho National Guard Armory in Post Falls on Thursday with a box of donated clothes and …


Grant to Catholic Charities enables housing for poor

Catholic Charities of Spokane announced plans to build a downtown housing complex for the city’s poorest residents to be financed almost entirely by a $2.5 million state grant. The 50-unit …


Homeless dogs find homes

Eight homeless hounds are no longer living in a broken-down Toyota Corolla. Five of the dogs were adopted early Saturday, after a story about them appeared on the front page …


Lighthouse offers home, fresh start

When Ashlee Erickson got out of jail a couple of weeks ago, she had only the shorts and top she wore the day she was arrested last summer. There to …


Lighthouse of Hope a beacon for homeless women

When Ashlee Erickson got out of jail a couple of weeks ago, she had only the shorts and top she wore the day she was arrested last summer. There to …