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July housing starts up a slight 0.9 percent as tariffs bite

U.S. housing starts ticked up just 0.9 percent in July, a sign that higher construction costs might be weighing on homebuilders.


Running out of rooms: Washington State University’s largest freshman class leaves more than 200 students in need of housing

With more than 4,300 freshman students set to swarm Washington State University’s residence halls in just one week, university officials say they are still looking to provide a couple hundred …


Sun Dance Golf Course to close; developer weighing options, including possibility of future housing

Sun Dance Golf Course, a staple of the Nine Mile Falls community for more than 55 years, announced it will shutter Sept. 30 to make way for something new – …


UPDATED: Mon., July 23, 2018, 10:35 p.m.

Spokane City Council approves millions of dollars in reserve funds for housing, street and downtown projects

About $30 million was moved from reserve accounts for specific projects planned in the final two years of Mayor David Condon’s term, which includes a city investment in the new …


Plans to build housing for H-2A guest workers upset some orchard neighbors

Ryan Dragoo plans to use H-2A guest workers next year to maintain and harvest the 100 acres of apples and cherries he manages for LFZ Orchards west of Selah. But …


Market shift? Big spike in Seattle-area homes for sale slows price growth

For the first time in a decade, the number of homes for sale in the Seattle area is finally starting to rise – and in a big way – as …


Housing extended for 1,700 Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees

A judge ordered federal emergency officials to extend vouchers for temporary hotel housing for nearly 1,700 Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees, saying ending the program could cause irreparable harm.


UPDATED: Sun., July 1, 2018, 9:16 p.m.

Dismantling California at-risk inmate housing brings hurdles

Special California prisons intended to protect gang informants, disgraced cops and child molesters have become so violent, gang-riddled and crowded that officials are dismantling what’s become the United States’ largest …


Seattle renters score big as landlords dangle freebies to fill empty apartments

A glut of new apartments washing over the city has quickly turned the tables as vacancy rates hit their highest levels since the recession, led by downtown Seattle, where one-fourth …


Nampa Salvation Army’s rapid rehousing program houses 20 families since fall launch

A rapid rehousing program started by the Salvation Army Nampa Corps has housed 20 families since it launched last fall.


UPDATED: Sat., June 23, 2018, 12:30 p.m.

New development – and more traffic – coming to Indian Trail neighborhood

A development in the Indian Trail neighborhood that caused heartburn among elected officials and neighbors more than two years ago was issued building permits last week.


Shawn Vestal: Spokane needs more affordable housing and neighbors willing to accept it next door

Spokane rents are rising. The vacancy rate is whisper thin. And the average renter is putting more of her income into housing than in years past.


Rent spike at lower South Hill complex spurs city policy talks, pushes for further discussion

A deal has been struck to assist a half dozen residents of a lower South Hill apartment complex who faced an almost doubling of their rent following the sale of …


Residents of homeless camps in Spokane to be directed to shelters under new law

New city laws aiming to protect Spokane’s publicly owned land will prohibit camping in the future. Those living in the camps will be directed to services, including shelters, unless all …


The Dirt: Cooper-George reopened in downtown Spokane after renovation

People are moving into the Cooper-George Apartments just south of downtown Spokane following a multimillion-dollar renovation to the mid century high-rise.


Commissioners mull $11 million “Band-Aid” for overcrowded jail

As the jail becomes more crowded, Canyon County may pay $11 million to install steel trailers in the jail parking lot to house female inmates.


Seattle-area home-price growth from current boom has surpassed last decade’s bubble

SEATTLE – As the Seattle area continues its run as the nation’s hottest real estate market, it has now seen home prices surge upward for a full six years – …


UPDATED: Wed., April 4, 2018, 9:12 p.m.

Expansion of low-income housing program to help build more homes in Spokane

The recent expansion of a program responsible for financing most of the nation’s affordable housing over the last 30 years will deliver more low-income housing to Spokane, combating a nationwide …


Cantwell, local legislators move to combat housing crisis

A number of separate efforts signal that elected officials recognize the urgency of the nation’s growing housing crisis.


Kushner Cos. filed false NYC housing paperwork

Now a clue has emerged as to how President Donald Trump’s son-in-law’s firm was able to move so fast: The Kushner Cos. routinely filed false paperwork with the city declaring …


South Hill neighbors push back against major housing development at 29th Ave. and Southeast Blvd.

A proposal to build hundreds of homes mixed with new businesses near the busy South Hill corner of 29th Avenue and Southeast Boulevard has drawn the ire of neighbors even …


State uses sting operation to fine companies accused of veteran housing discrimination

Three Spokane-area rental companies illegally discriminated against veterans who use federal housing vouchers, according to the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.


Developer drops plans for controversial North Indian Trail apartment complex

Developer Harley Douglass is pursuing a different use for 50 acres of undeveloped land off North Indian Trail Road, according to paperwork filed last month with the Washington Court of …


Spokane responds to hot real estate market with housing infill

As home prices climb and apartment vacancy rates plummet, Spokane is going through a moment in housing that developers and urban officials believe presents an opportunity to grow Spokane without …


Tom Kelly: Some landlords are forgetful, but this one nearly disappeared

If you gather a group of investor-landlords in the same room, there’s usually no shortage of stories about disaster renters.


Developer Ron Wells uses passion, savvy to preserve Spokane’s heritage

In the past four decades, Ron Wells has saved dozens of buildings from the wrecking ball, and rehabilitated them for every purpose: living, dining, playing and working.


HUD awards $4.9 million for housing for people with HIV/AIDS

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $4.9 million in grants to help low-income people living with HIV/AIDS in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 11:32 a.m.

Arson blaze caps a rough year for Moscow housing facility

A suspected arsonist told police he was high on meth and hearing voices when he set fire to a transitional housing facility in Moscow, Idaho.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 8:28 p.m.

California communities under siege from wind-driven fires

Wind-driven fires tore through California communities Tuesday for the second time in two months, leaving hundreds of homes feared lost and uprooting tens of thousands of people.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, 8:48 p.m.

New housing for the homeless to open at Donna Hanson Haven

Crews are still putting the finishing touches on the four-story building, the newest homeless housing to be built by Catholic Charities in Spokane. The organization’s staff gathered with community members …