Stories tagged: social services
UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017, 11:34 p.m.
City of Spokane serves up eviction notice to Blessings Under the Bridge homeless feeding program
Blessings Under the Bridge – the nonprofit organization that provides free meals under the Interstate 90 bridge every Wednesday evening – has been told by the city of Spokane to …
Sun., April 9, 2017, midnight
After spate of high-profile Spokane child abuse cases, officials say help for stressed parents is available
Lately, 5-month-old Emma Ohnesorg has been exploring her full vocal range. One day, she’ll practice her pitch alternating between high and low screams and sounds. The next, it’s all about …
Fri., March 31, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
City Hall accepting applications to run East Central Community Center
City leaders are accepting applications to run the East Central Community Center, beginning in 2018, through Monday. The existing operating nonprofit received a one-year contract extension from the City Council …
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 10:21 p.m.
East Central Community Center in limbo after City Council rejects contract
A six-month contract with the East Central Community Organization to run the neighborhood’s community center was rejected this week because of concerns about the effect on services and grant opportunities. …
Tue., Dec. 20, 2016, 5:41 p.m.
Spokane to collect $3.8 million in homelessness grants
Spokane will receive nearly $3.8 million in federal funding to address homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Tuesday. The annual grants, which fund projects including transitional …
Tue., Dec. 13, 2016, 11:18 a.m.
Republican looks to overhaul Social Security
A senior Republican lawmaker wants to overhaul Social Security, the decades-old program that provides benefits to some 60 million retirees and disabled, with a plan to gradually increase the retirement …
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 3:43 p.m.
Mom loses benefits after status of 4 kids changed to dead
A Rhode Island mother says she lost her child care voucher when the state’s new benefits computer system mistakenly changed the status of her four children from living to dead.
Fri., May 27, 2016, 6 p.m.
Spokane-area housing for domestic violence victims to be reduced
Two transitional living centers for domestic violence victims in Spokane will close the majority of their units due to a loss of federal funding.
Fri., May 6, 2016, 4:46 p.m.
City of Spokane to help fund House of Charity for round-the-clock homeless services
City officials Thursday announced a commitment to fund the House of Charity as a round-the-clock emergency shelter for homeless people in Spokane starting in 2017.
Thu., April 28, 2016, 6 p.m.
Veterans assistance in Spokane County adopts new eligibilty requirements in June
Under the new rules, a veteran must have served 180 days and received an honorable discharge, with some exceptions for injuries and disabilities sustained as a result of service, in …
Wed., April 13, 2016, midnight
Somebody Needs You: Matching donors with needy Spokane residents
The goal of Somebody Needs You is to match donors with the specific requests of needy Spokane residents.
Wed., April 6, 2016, 7 p.m.
House of Charity shortfall could close drop-in center during the daytime hours
Spokane’s largest drop-in center and shelter for homeless people may all but close its doors during the day without a significant infusion of cash from local government and private donors.
Wed., April 6, 2016, 3:51 p.m.
Chud Wendle named executive director of the Hutton Settlement children’s home
Chud Wendle will be the next executive director of the Hutton Settlement children’s home, the private nonprofit organization announced Tuesday.
Thu., Feb. 25, 2016, 10:23 a.m.
Firefighter pays struggling family’s $1K electric bill
A suburban Detroit firefighter has paid off a struggling family’s electricity bill of more than $1,000 after responding to a call at their home.
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016, 1:20 p.m.
Pope on sex abuse by clerics: ‘It’s a monstrosity’
Pope Francis says any bishop who moves a suspected pedophile priest from parish to parish should resign.
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016, 11:39 a.m.
Gov. Inslee wants new agency for vulnerable children, families
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants to create a new state agency to deliver services to vulnerable children and families.
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016, midnight
Robert Faltermeyer, head of Excelsior, retiring
Robert Faltermeyer, who guided care at Excelsior Youth Center for 34 years, is retiring at the end of February.
Wed., Feb. 10, 2016, 10:38 a.m.
Welfare applicants, recipients drug tested in North Carolina
Drug testing of North Carolina welfare recipients and applicants is now happening at social service offices in the state.
Tue., Feb. 9, 2016, 1:37 p.m.
Once-a-year homeless count draws criticism, defenders
Over the past few weeks, thousands of clipboard-toting volunteers have fanned out across some of the nation’s largest cities, tasked with a deceptively complex job: counting the number of homeless …
Thu., Feb. 4, 2016, 3:04 p.m.
Brothers to be tried as adults in Seattle homeless killings
Two of three teenage brothers accused of last week’s deadly shooting in the homeless encampment in Seattle known as “The Jungle” each have been charged as adults with two counts …
Wed., Feb. 3, 2016, 4:10 p.m.
Rise in homeless students seen in state
The number of homeless students continues to grow statewide.
Mon., Jan. 25, 2016, 12:04 p.m.
New federal data shows nearly 3 percent rise in child abuse
The number of U.S. children victimized by abuse and neglect increased by nearly 3 percent in the latest annual reporting period, according to new federal data.
Thu., Aug. 13, 2015, midnight
Serving Spokane Valley: Ross’ assistance reaches far, wide
When asked about the work they do for the Greater Valley Support Network, Diann and David Ross say the same thing: They don’t want to brag and they don’t want …
Sun., April 12, 2015, midnight
Housing First approach puts stable shelter at top of the list
Douglas Glen first snorted meth as an ironworker in Las Vegas, trying to keep up with an all-day everyday schedule. He knew a guy named Speed, and Speed had a …
Sun., April 12, 2015, midnight
Innovation easing strain on Spokane’s social safety net
In many ways, the revolution in housing philosophy is part of a widespread series of changes in Spokane’s safety net services. Recent years have seen several innovative approaches, from adding …
Sat., Oct. 26, 2013, midnight
Shawn Vestal: Hot Spotters tackle overuse of medical services
Randall Sluder has laid his head in a lot of downtown spots over the past 13 years. Few were comfortable, and few his own. He spent a lot of nights …
Thu., Sept. 19, 2013, 3:34 p.m.
House votes to cut $4 billion a year from food stamps
WASHINGTON — The House has voted to cut nearly $4 billion a year from food stamps, a 5 percent reduction to the nation’s main feeding program used by more than …
Sun., Nov. 11, 2012, midnight
DSHS to investigate complaints about tribe
YAKIMA – Two former Yakama Nation officials say they were fired for questioning how the tribe spends state and federal funds on social programs and whether some of the money …
Thu., Sept. 27, 2012, midnight
Union Gospel Mission opens center for women, children in CdA
Two women, both mothers in need of healing, have bonded at the start of a long journey toward recovery. They’re doing it from the refuge of the new Union Gospel …
Fri., May 11, 2012, midnight
Team to train child welfare workers
Two Washington universities are teaming up with the state Department of Social and Health Services to provide training for the state’s child welfare workforce. Eastern Washington University and the University …