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Mortgage-forgiveness tax relief does nothing to help your credit

Our four children and their academic calendars have guided me through time in four-year blocks. For example: “Charley was a sophomore when that happened, he’s been out two years, so it must have been four years ago.” That’s how I remembered my friend’s situation while visiting at a recent high school game. It’s been four years since the man lost his longtime job, sold his house at a loss and then had to pay tax on the mortgage amount forgiven by the bank. The net amount forgiven, $15,000, showed up as taxable income on the homeowner’s tax return.

Students, volunteers fill fraction of need for free legal aid

The sagging local economy has flooded local courts with people in financial trouble who can’t pay for what could help them most: an attorney to guide them. Only a few local programs exist to help people who need lawyers, a need that has far outstripped the programs’ ability to find lawyers willing to work for little or no pay. As a result, court dockets are clogged with people trying – and failing – to wade through a complicated system of hearings and paperwork without legal help.

Youths can get involved through CAL Teens

More than three decades ago as a group of families were gathered on the beach in Sandpoint for some fun and relaxation, the women began talking about the needs of the community and what could be done to provide more for their children, the schools, and the place that they call home. And it wasn’t long before they were taking matters into their own hands. Now, 31 years later, Sandpoint’s Community Assistance League is still alive and stronger than ever. The nonprofit organization raises funds, researches, plans and develops programs that benefit the entire community.

Custody battle over dog ends in couple’s favor

Harlee has come home. The black Pomeranian who ran away more than three years ago has been reunited with a Spokane County family after a court battle that went all the way to the Washington state Court of Appeals.

SNAP smooths process for helping residents with winter heat bills

Spokane County residents seeking help paying heating bills should encounter fewer hassles and less frustration this winter, according to SNAP, the agency that administers that service. In recent years SNAP waited until later in the year before letting low-income residents call to schedule interviews for assistance. It also accepted those applicant calls just two days a week.

SNAP smooths process for helping with heating bills

Spokane County residents seeking help paying heating bills should encounter fewer hassles and less frustration this winter, according to SNAP, the agency that administers that service.

Toilet paper drive to benefit charities

Project Beauty Share will have a toilet paper drive on Sept. 10 and 11, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., to benefit Anna Ogden Hall, Our Place Community Ministries, Our Sister’s Closet, Hope House, Transitions and Catholic Charities of Spokane’s St. Margaret’s Shelter and Childbirth and Parenting Assistance program. While the household item is a necessity, it is not covered by food stamps and is one of the most requested, yet least donated items to local shelters.

5-year sentence in Lakewood officers shooting

A woman convicted of rendering criminal assistance in the shooting deaths of four Lakewood, Wash., police officers was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.

HUD grants help homeless vets

The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $3.4 million in permanent rental assistance vouchers Thursday for 580 homeless veterans in the Northwest.

Nonprofit offers energy assistance

With temperatures dropping into the low 30s, SNAP still has nearly $400,000 in energy assistance funds available for Spokane County residents having difficulty paying heating bills.

Weatherization Man

As a business student, crunching numbers and trying to grasp and then synergize varied approaches to economic, social and business challenges, it can be difficult to envision your future niche in the world. Not for lack of options, but because it is impossible to pin down a single, satisfyingly multi-faceted identity.

SNAP will take energy aid calls

The Spokane Neighborhood Action Program will take energy assistance calls for one more Saturday before spring, the agency announced this week.

Aid to homeless offered today

Homeless people in North Idaho can find medical care, employment opportunities, transportation assistance, food, clothing, showers and other services today at “Project Homeless Connect.” Hosted by the Region 1 Coalition for the Homeless, the free on-site resources and referrals are provided by volunteers, businesses and social service providers. The Homeless Connect will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Idaho National Guard Armory, 5453 E. Seltice Way in Post Falls. The armory is on the City Link bus route, which provides free transportation.

Economy, not weather, draining heating help

A Spokane nonprofit that provides energy assistance for low-income residents could run out of money for that program a month or two earlier than last year due to a record number of calls for help, despite a milder winter. The number of requests SNAP has received since Oct. 25 – nearly 12,000 – is about the same as the nonprofit had logged last March, the agency said. The amount of assistance expected to be paid out by the end of February is close to $6.6 million.