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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.


Court rules people can’t be prosecuted for sleeping in streets; Spokane to review its own ordinances

After a federal appeals court ruled that prosecuting people for sleeping on the street when they can’t find shelter is unconstitutional, Spokane’s city officials are reviewing local ordinances that restrict …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 8:06 p.m.

Crime is higher near downtown Spokane homeless shelter, and businesses are fed up

The relationship between business owners and the chronically homeless who spend much of their time in the six-block radius near Pacific Avenue and Division Street downtown has reached a boiling …


Shawn Vestal: Council pushback shows progress on how we handle ‘quasi-impossible’ problems around homelessness

If you enjoy euphemism, then you’ll love the language that has sprung up around the decision to put roughly 150 homeless people back on the streets until next summer.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

City Council seeks emergency shelters as House of Charity cuts loom

City Council voted unanimously to solicit proposals from organizations that could operate overnight shelters nightly during the winter, not just when temperatures dipped below freezing.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 10:56 p.m.

Business owner says she ‘feels targeted’ by Catholic Charities

The owner of a salon near the House of Charity homeless shelter in Spokane said she feels targeted by Catholic Charities, the organization that operates the shelter.


House of Charity, city of Spokane agree to end 24/7 shelter, citing health and safety concerns

Around-the-clock staffing will end Sept. 1 at the downtown emergency shelter House of Charity, which has been put on life support multiple times by city funds since opening two years …


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 10:03 p.m.

Citing recent collisions, city installs flashing lights near downtown social service providers

The city of Spokane has installed flashing lights at crosswalks near a cluster of downtown social service providers in an effort to reduce collisions and injuries to pedestrians.


UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 10:11 p.m.

Suspect identified in sexual assault case at a Starbucks in Spokane

A homeless man reported he was sexually assaulted by another homeless man in a downtown Starbucks earlier this year.


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 1:23 p.m.

Man arrested in connection with House of Charity stabbing

Spokane police have arrested a man in connection with Monday’s stabbing outside the House of Charity homeless shelter on West Pacific Avenue.


Police looking for suspect in stabbing outside House of Charity

Spokane police were searching for a suspect Monday afternoon after a man was stabbed in front of the House of Charity homeless shelter on West Pacific Avenue.


The gift of time: Cooking for charity on Thanksgiving gives chef time to give thanks, and give back

Growing up, “We got a basket every Thanksgiving,” recalls chef Thomas Morisette, who cooks a traditional holiday meal for 450 people on Thanksgiving.


A night at the House of Charity: anxiety, camaraderie and a few good dogs

House of Charity has long been a men’s overnight shelter and day center for homeless adults, but with Spokane trying to provide 24/7 shelter services, it’s also taken on the …


Spokane does care about the homeless

Because the city is making an effort, it is also drawing attention and criticism. The frustrating aspect of this truism is that it tends to obscure the overall mission and …


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017, 12:02 a.m.

Then and Now: House of Charity

Catholics in Spokane formed the Catholic Social Betterment League in 1912, bringing together people from eight parishes to tackle social needs. They wanted to feed the hungry, clothe the naked …


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 7:56 p.m.

Spokane resumes full funding for 24/7 homeless shelters, including House of Charity

After months of pleading for funding from other government and private sources, Spokane has agreed to commit more than half a million dollars to fully fund a 24 hour shelter …


UPDATED: Fri., April 14, 2017, 9:46 a.m.

Downtown Spokane Partnership joins call for keeping extended homeless shelter hours

The Downtown Spokane Partnership and Catholic Charities made a push for help funding extended hours at the House of Charity, which will have to close during the day and end …


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 10:55 p.m.

200 more homeless face summer on the streets as House of Charity faces cash crunch

If local governments do nothing, Spokane County can expect to see 200 more homeless people on the streets every night.


‘Knock on wood’: House of Charity appears to have suppressed second norovirus outbreak

Health officials said Tuesday that 22 patrons of the House of Charity have been evaluated for intestinal symptoms, with some testing positive for norovirus. But the downtown homeless shelter appears …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 8:10 p.m.

12 sickened in second suspected norovirus outbreak at House of Charity

Norovirus is suspected of sickening a dozen people at the House of Charity, sparking concerns that a second wave of the vomit-inducing illness is sweeping through the downtown homeless shelter.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 10:34 p.m.

Despite House of Charity’s extended hours, a few of Spokane’s homeless prefer sleeping outside

Jonita “Pink” Chavez spends her nights outside sleeping on a mattress beneath a metal awning at Second Avenue and Browne Street. During the day, she walks around under the nearby …


Inmate cleanup crews target downtown Spokane viaducts, overpasses

Inmates at the Geiger Correctional Facility have cleaned up hundreds of thousands of pounds of garbage over the past three years as part of a county-run grant program. They’re working …


Mandatory overnight rule at Spokane’s Union Gospel Mission concerns some advocates for the homeless

Some homeless people in Spokane are concerned about changes restricting access to services at the Union Gospel Mission men’s shelter, advocates for the homeless say.


Norovirus outbreak winding down at House of Charity

The tents outside the House of Charity homeless shelter are down and routines are slowly returning, but some people infected by norovirus are still quarantined inside the building. “Things are …


Norovirus outbreak nearly contained, House of Charity set to reopen

A norovirus outbreak that infected dozens of homeless people and staff at Spokane’s House of Charity this week has been largely contained.


Norovirus outbreak stabilizing at House of Charity, Union Gospel Mission

Following a norovirus outbreak at the House of Charity over the weekend, health officials and shelter staff are working to get the doors back open.


Spokane health officials say risk of norovirus spreading widely is ‘extremely low’

Following a norovirus outbreak this weekend in two downtown Spokane homeless shelters, public health officials are saying the risk of the general population acquiring the virus is “extremely low.”


Suspected norovirus sickens dozens at the House of Charity

Two homeless shelters in downtown Spokane were under quarantine Saturday after more than 60 people got sick from a suspected norovirus outbreak.


Community tackles homelessness

But the community is in the midst of a robust response to the problem of homelessness, and keeping the shelters open continuously is part of the plan.


Video shows man shot at House of Charity begging officers to kill him

Spokane police on Tuesday released body camera and surveillance video from the fatal shooting April 28 outside the House of Charity, a shelter and drop-in center for homeless people.