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With Saturday's deadline for an extension of federal unemployment assistance expiring, Washington state will release one-time payments of $550 to eligible recipients, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Sunday.
Spokane County Commissioners approved a $5.9 million contract with Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners for rental assistance, which the organization said is still badly needed during the pandemic.
Families will soon be able to pick up free sack lunches at Spokane Valley parks as the city and East Valley School District launches a free summer meal program for children.
A House Ways and Means Committee memo obtained by the AP estimated about 5 million paper checks will be issued each week, meaning those most in need could wait many weeks for their payments.
A friend of mine called me the other day to brag; she had just finished recaulking the crevices in her shower and successfully fixed her broken dishwasher. Both tasks she completed with the aid of YouTube videos. She was proud and happy.
Meeting the surging need for food assistance in Washington state will require “all hands on deck.” That was the message from state and philanthropic leaders who, on Thursday, highlighted the gaps the state faces in funding food banks as they await federal support.
Police officers are the line of last defense when someone falls through the cracks and finds themselves with nowhere to go, a host of chronic illnesses and not a cent to their name. They are on the front lines for the people in crisis in the community, and in this moment that means being out and about among people, putting themselves at risk to help others.
Spokane has not seen the same kinds of shortages of milk, baby formula and fresh fruits and juice that were feared in other parts of the country as people stocked their pantries in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Recipients of low-income assistance rely on specific items being in stock for their WIC vouchers to work.
Frontier Behavioral Health is moving to schedule outpatient clinic visits via telephone as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Having food stamps offers Richard Butler a stability he’s rarely known in his 25 years. He was in state custody at age 2, spent his teen years at a Chicago boys’ home and jail for burglary, and has since struggled to find a permanent home.
How do we ensure that every student has the access and opportunity to get that high-quality STEM education? There is no cookie-cutter solution for ensuring every school, and every student, has what they need to succeed.
The Trump administration is tightening work requirements for the federal food assistance program in a move that will slash benefits for hundreds of thousands of people.
The Trump administration proposed a tightening of the definition of a public charge that would allow denying the application for permanent residence to anyone who receives public benefits for more than 12 months in a three-year period. U.S. District Court Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against those changes Friday.
About 3.1 million people would lose food stamp benefits under the Trump administration’s proposal to tighten automatic eligibility requirements for the food stamp program.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed new rules Tuesday to limit access to food stamps for households with savings and other assets, a measure that officials said would cut benefits to about 3 million people. In a telephone call with reporters, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Acting Deputy Under Secretary Brandon Lipps said the proposed new rules for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) were aimed at ending automatic eligibility for those who were already receiving federal and state assistance.
Amazon and Walmart on Thursday are kicking off a two-year pilot established by the government to allow low-income shoppers on government food assistance in New York to shop and pay for their groceries online.
The wife of a Spokane chef has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money for her family while her husband receives medical care.
The offices of Better Health Together, at 1206 N. Lincoln St. near the Spokane Arena, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the last day of open enrollment for health plans that take effect in 2019.
Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress love to demonize government handouts. But their own red-state supporters depend on these handouts. And the handouts are increasingly financed by the inhabitants of blue states.
Federal officials have determined that commercial fishery failures occurred for salmon in Washington, Oregon and California, making those fisheries eligible for federal disaster assistance.