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UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 1:24 p.m.

Do crime rates rise with homelessness in Spokane?

If history of crime is any indication, there were worse times to be a resident of Spokane.


City count finds an increase in homelessness overall, but fewer homeless families, veterans

The city’s annual Point in Time Count found a slight increase in homelessness overall, with single adult homelessness continuing to trend upwards.


Officials say opening City Hall to the public won’t change anything

A new law opening City Hall to the public without setting a time limit won’t change day-to-day operations or turn the building into a de facto daytime homeless shelter, officials …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019, 10:24 p.m.

Appeals court sends challenge of Boise’s anti-camping ordinance back to district court

A federal appeals court won’t rehear a case related to a ordinance that bans residents from sleeping outside, a policy that has sparked protest in Spokane.


‘Seattle is Dying’ report prompts political response to homelessness in Spokane

City Council President Ben Stuckart declared from the dais last week that neither Seattle nor Spokane is dying, but the divisive KOMO-TV report has prompted a wide-ranging discussion on the …


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 7:06 a.m.

Spokane city leaders may buy homeless shelter to keep it open year-round

As the city’s $1.3 million warming center program winds down, city leaders are looking to purchase an emergency shelter to increase the number of shelter beds permanently.



Downtown cameras, security measures would be pushed under new plan considered by Spokane City Council

The panel is being asked to give its OK to a program that would encourage downtown businesses to put up more lighting and cameras to combat crime by giving them …


Sue Lani Madsen: Showing true compassion for the homeless must include a candid assessment

A blue sedan turned into the side street as our patrol car pulled up to the stop sign, the driver frantically waving for attention. It had so far been an …


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 9:08 p.m.

Emergency homeless ‘camps’ would be exempt from some state rules

Local governments could set up homeless “camps” in an emergency without following some state environmental rules, under a Senate-approved bill.


Jim Theofelis: To heal and find a home, vulnerable youth need our support

New research reveals what many young people and families impacted by behavioral health crises have known for quite some time: they are not receiving the support they need to heal.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, 5:03 p.m.

Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes opens doors to provide Spokane’s homeless vets a hot meal, access to resources

In a room at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, homeless people were treated to chili, hot dogs and potato salad courtesy of Spokane’s Catholic diocese. One veteran attended …


City to resume sit-lie enforcement in February

Now that Spokane’s shelter capacity has increased by 275, the city will resume enforcing a law that bars people from sitting, sleeping or lying on the streets of downtown Spokane …


City’s newest warming center will soon have capacity for 120

The Erminia Avenue warming center is likely the last of four new winter warming centers to go online for the season. The 52-mat warming center, which is managed by the …


Advocates, vets say animal care services are a growing need for homeless, low income population

For many people experiencing homelessness or poverty, having a pet is a need for survival not a luxury, but finding a safe place to sleep that accepts pets, affordable veterinary …


Top of the page: The 5 biggest news stories of 2018

Here are five major news stories that made a splash – in some cases immediately, in others over weeks and months – this past year in and around Spokane.


Shawn Vestal: The birth of Jesus reminds us we should provide shelter in our community

And I’m hoping that we, as a community, as a people, can hold in our hearts a sense of their humanity, of our shared humanity with them, and not retreat …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018, 6:46 a.m.

Shelter for young adults to open in downtown Spokane at Westminster Congregational Church

Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ will soon be able to host up to 25 young people in a warming center a 10-minute walk from downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 3:11 p.m.

Ethics complaints filed against City Councilwoman Kate Burke; at least two then withdrawn

Three people filed ethics complaints against City Councilwoman Kate Burke, saying her participation in a protest with homeless activists in front of City Hall disqualified her from voting on homeless …


Activists behind ‘Camp Hope’ to continue protest in downtown Spokane

The activists behind the protest homeless encampment in front of City Hall known as “Camp Hope” plan four protests in downtown Spokane to demand repeal of city ordinances prohibiting camping …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 3:14 p.m.

Spokane City Council wants other cities to help pay for homeless services

After agreeing to increase funding for to address homelessness, the Spokane City Council voted unanimously to ask other cities to provide for the basic needs of their homeless population.


The Rev. Liv Larson Andrews: Faith alive: Helping those less fortunate than us

We at Salem Lutheran Church have been delighted to open as a warming center this winter. We are grateful for the city’s partnership and provisions.


Mariners launch $3 million effort to combat homelessness

The Seattle Mariners have pledged $3 million for a new effort to prevent low-income renters facing eviction from falling into homelessness.


Spencer Gage: Tiny homes could solve homeless problem

Spokane is currently growing at a rapid rate, adding 20,293 members to our community from 2016 to 2017, according to worldpopulationreview.com, a site focused on the population of different communities …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 10:36 p.m.

Spokane joins statewide group to increase teen homeless services

Spokane is joining three other Washington counties in an initiative to study youth homelessness and fill in gaps between shelters and the services at-risk young people need to succeed.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 9, 2018, 8:15 p.m.

Police clear homeless encampment in front of City Hall

Spokane police removed the homeless encampment in front of City Hall Sunday morning.


Shawn Vestal: Homeless volunteers get to work through Goodwill Hope Works program

Hope Works is run by Goodwill in partnership with the city of Spokane, Catholic Charities and the Downtown Spokane Partnership. The goal is to reach out directly to panhandlers, gather …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 8, 2018, 9:27 p.m.

Demonstrators, including Councilwoman Kate Burke, chain themselves together to protest removal of City Hall homeless camp

The demonstration – which drew a large crowd as well as onlookers from the nearby ice-skating ribbon in Riverfront Park – was an attempt to stop police from clearing out …


Lawsuit aims to shut down city’s tiny home villages

A group is suing the city of Seattle over its use of tiny home villages to combat homelessness.


As new shelters open, Spokane to enforce anti-camping law

Residents of Camp Hope, the homeless encampment built around the side entrance of city hall, were told by law enforcement Thursday that they had 48 hours to leave the property …