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Homeless teens live day-to-day

They are the stories one would expect to hear from a street-entrenched adult. Since becoming homeless, Steve, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, has done whatever necessary …


Face Time: Advocate discusses efforts to reduce homelessness

In 1990, the Spokane Low Income Housing Consortium was created to alleviate homelessness in Spokane by developing affordable housing. The consortium celebrates its 20th anniversary on Tuesday during an 11:30 …


Holding off homelessness

Federal stimulus funding not only helped Spokane weather the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, it changed one of the city’s leading social service agencies, which redirected its staff …


Need urgent for displaced residents

About two dozen of Spokane’s most vulnerable residents are in urgent need of the community’s help after being made homeless by a suspected arson fire on Saturday. In a city …


Low-income housing residents adrift after fire

More than two dozen residents displaced because of a suspected arson face homelessness in a few days as nonprofit agencies struggle to find money to provide them temporary housing. Firefighters …


Director discusses St. Vincent’s clearinghouse for social services

In July 2009, St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho opened a one-stop shop for social services needed by poor and homeless people. The H.E.L.P. Center – Helping Empower Local People …


Education despite adversity

Kamitra Maxwell made sure her three children were enrolled in school while the family was living on Spokane streets and in a shelter. “School is important for my children,” she …


Under the roof, a home

When the bottom fell out of Charity Lancaster’s world, she fell just about as far as you can. In September, the 30-year-old mother and her two daughters, ages 9 and …


Week’s programs spotlight poverty

Spokane and Coeur d’Alene will join communities throughout the nation next week in recognizing the toll the economic downturn has taken on people’s lives. In Spokane, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness …


Grants offer relief to poor in region

The region’s impoverished received help Thursday from public and private sources to ease the effects of the economic downturn. Spokane County received a $622,278 federal grant to help people on …


Court backs Woodinville homeless camp

Religious groups statewide applauded a state Supreme Court ruling Thursday that the city of Woodinville violated a church’s constitutional rights when officials refused to consider a permit to host a …


Recession redefines ‘typical’ homeless

WASHINGTON – Louis Gill doesn’t like to turn anyone away. The director of the Bakersfield Homeless Center in California has taken to laying out cots and mattresses between the shelter’s …


Homeless vets to get help with housing

As many as 35 homeless veterans in the Spokane area will receive housing assistance this year through a $75 million nationwide program. The federal Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program provides …


Bootstrap-pulling mom aspires to transplant list

Life has a way of knocking you when you’re down, but Lori Kramer is determined to stay on her feet. Five years ago, she said, it was her husband throwing …


Homeless put in focus

Homelessness in Kootenai County costs taxpayers some $6.5 million annually for social and government services, according to a recently completed draft plan aimed at addressing the problem in the region …


House of Charity keeping beds open

The House of Charity’s overnight accommodations for homeless men will remain open this summer thanks to a combination of expense cuts and the hope of additional funding. “Spokane is a …


Woman’s own homelessness leads her to advocacy

Michelle Christie used to look at homeless people and think, “What would possess someone to live like that?” It took a catastrophic illness that left her hospitalized for 9 1/2 …


Bus service a lifeline for city’s poor

In a nation that boasts a car for every two residents, the road to economic recovery cannot be traveled on foot. This is the first lesson a homeless family seeking …


House of Charity faces funding bind

The House of Charity will close its overnight accommodations for homeless men during the summer unless it can find additional funding. The shelter will remain open during daytime hours Monday …


Truth Ministries running short on resources

In a society dependent on philanthropic support for many of its social services, the last refuge for the poor is often the first to fall in hard times. This winter, …


Homeless shelter turns to community to stay open

In a society dependent on philanthropic support for many of its social services, the last refuge for the poor is often the first to fall in hard times. This winter, …


Health center worker helps the homeless

Jerry Horton and Ed Matt agree, “It will be hard to give up that cherry spot.” The “cherry spot” is a Coeur d’Alene ballpark dugout where the homeless pair have …


Kids design garment for homeless

The idea came to Kathy Braid’s students at West Valley City School after they volunteered at the House of Charity in December. In their search for a community service project, …


Students design hybrid coat, sleeping bag for homeless

The idea came to Kathy Braid’s students at West Valley City School after they volunteered at the House of Charity in December.


Homeless woman found shelter

It will never be known whether Kim Steel found a new direction in her life during Christmas week. The 42-year-old homeless woman with a history of substance abuse died Dec. …


Helping women take steps into new lives

Karen Fournier knows what it’s like to be homeless. The instability of a chaotic family life led to a series of bad choices. She started using drugs at 13, and …


City reins in panhandling

Panhandling in Spokane will be greatly restricted as a result of two new laws approved by the City Council on Monday night. One set of regulations will prohibit begging within …


Events spotlight homelessness, hunger

Take a look at America’s homeless: They are families with children, men and women with jobs that don’t pay enough, battered women, despondent veterans and people with mental illness or …


Hope House marks 10th year

Between her drug addiction and abusive relationships, Lee Ann Winters has made some bad decisions in her life. But after completing a 10-month prison sentence for drug possession in 2005, …


Reaching out to family in need

For families in need, there are government agencies, there are charities and then there are a few people like Eunice Morse – maybe too few. When a family sought refuge …