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Tuesday, January 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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Ethics complaints filed against City Councilwoman Kate Burke; at least two then withdrawn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 …


City Council preparing to fund new shelter space

Spokane City Council is poised to approve funding for 60 additional shelter beds, one of the first steps in a network of new or expanded warming shelters.


With a donation and a discount, homeless protesters build tent city outside Spokane City Hall

A $500 donation went a long way to provide some comfort for the dozens of people who have been sleeping outside Spokane City Hall in protest of the city’s homelessness …


As one-man hunger strike continues, city lawmakers reexamine sit-and-lie ordinance

The city of Spokane may re-examine a law that critics say criminalizes the homeless for sleeping or sitting on public sidewalks when they have nowhere else to go, after a …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 7:10 a.m.

Council delays vote on relaxing Spokane City Hall visiting rules amid concerns it would become daytime shelter

A proposal that some say will turn City Hall into a daytime homeless shelter has been shelved for at least a month after city employees raised concerns about safety and …


Shawn Vestal: Snow flies, and city is still seeking answers to shelter crisis

The temperatures had just peaked above 40 degrees on Wednesday, boosted by the bright sun.


Under Kate Burke proposal, Spokane City Hall visitors could stay all day; critics say plan could turn lobby into day shelter

City Council could soon vote on a proposal to allow people to stay in City Hall’s lobby all day, which one council member said could turn the building into a …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 26, 2018, 8:40 a.m.

Angler commits to fishing for 3,500 consecutive minutes to benefit homeless kids in Spokane County

It sounds like a good excuse to go fishing. But it’s more than that. Avid outdoorsman Ryan Rowe is going to fish for 3,500 consecutive minutes, 1 minute for each …


Homeless shelter Family Promise moving into Cassano’s Grocery building

Family Promise homeless shelter moving into Italian grocery story Cassano’s amid plans to open as winter weather arrives in Spokane.


Pearl Jam announces $1.3M donation to help end homelessness

A month after holding two-sold out concerts in Seattle to raise money to combat homelessness, Pearl Jam has announced that some of the money will go toward ensuring no young …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 6:04 p.m.

Bezos pledges $2 billion to help homeless families and launch a network of preschools

Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, on Thursday announced he was starting up philanthropic organizations focused on providing help to homeless families and preschools for low-income communities, a later start …


24 new cottage homes to provide permanent residences for women, children in Spokane

Before the end of the month, previously homeless women and children will take up permanent residence in 24 brand new cottages in northwest Spokane.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 10:25 a.m.

For homeless students in rural Washington, just getting to school is hard

The number of homeless students continues to overwhelm districts throughout the state. Educators have become the first, and in many cases the only, line of defense for students worried about …