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Coronavirus hasn’t devastated the homeless as many feared

When the coronavirus emerged in the U.S. this year, public health officials and advocates for the homeless feared the virus would rip through shelters and tent encampments, ravaging vulnerable people who often have chronic health issues.

Amazon’s homeless shelter faces Seattle crisis, criticism

SEATTLE – A homeless shelter built on Amazon’s perfectly manicured urban Seattle campus is a major civic contribution that pushes the company to face the crisis and criticism in the hometown it has rapidly transformed.

Disabled clients left in lurch after Washington state ends contract with job rehab program

A company called Compass Career Solutions had its contract with the state to provide job training and coaching for clients with disabilities terminated in August, after state officials said workers didn’t have the proper certifications. The decision has left several former customers across the state, including in Spokane Valley, without a job coach for vulnerable adults.

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. Without a replacement, the embattled center’s staff say they’re working without assurances of continued employment.

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 housing, rental assistance and homeless shelters, cover the 2016 fiscal year.

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 age and slow the growth of benefits for higher-income workers.