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Climbing rents in Spokane County a burden for many

The rental affordability crisis is prevalent in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. But, that crisis has arrived to Spokane County with nearly half of renters spending 30 to 50 percent of their income on rent, according to a recent report.

Spokane Law Enforcement Museum must relocate

The Spokane Law Enforcement Museum needs a new home. The space it has occupied since 2010 on the lower level of the Parsons Hotel at 1201 W. First Ave. is being renovated, which is forcing the museum to move.

Senate bill would help local housing projects apply for federal funds

A return to normalcy in the way Congress doles out federal dollars could be a boon to housing in the region. The Senate Appropriations Committee signed off Thursday on a bill allocating $54 billion for those purposes nationwide. Sen. Patty Murray, chairwoman of the Senate subcommittee that crafted the bill, included provisions enabling some housing organizations, including the Spokane Housing Authority, to apply for a federal program that would help fund improvements at public housing projects.

Northeast neighborhoods plan spring cleanup April 28

Hillyard, Bemiss and Whitman neighborhoods are having their annual spring cleaning on April 28. The neighborhoods partner with Rebuilding Together Spokane, Serve Spokane and Spokane Housing Authority to help residents who need assistance with raking and hauling.

Occupancy standards tightened for housing aid

Changes to the Spokane Housing Authority’s housing voucher program could make for some tight living arrangements. Because of budget cuts, the agency is implementing new occupancy standards and will pay rent based on one bedroom for every two people in a home in an effort to continue to serve all clients receiving housing assistance. “If you have a family of four, you would have a two-bedroom unit,” Executive Director Steve Cervantes said. “In the past, they would have been eligible for a three-bedroom unit.”

New apartments cause angst

The Spokane Housing Authority is spending $6.5 million on a complete renovation of the former Hillyard High School, now named the Agnes Kehoe Place. Construction began last fall, and the building is scheduled to open in spring of 2012. Everything is progressing according to plan, except one thing: a persistent rumor that the building, located on the 5300 block of North Regal Street, will be used for registered sex offender housing. Recently, a threat was made to burn down the finished building.

Smoking ban at low-income properties has mixed support

The Spokane Housing Authority, one of the Spokane area’s biggest landlords to the poor, is banning smoking in individual apartments and common spaces at all its residential properties. The no-smoking policy will become effective May 1, according to a letter tenants began receiving this week from the housing authority’s director of assets, Lucy Lepinski.

Arc of Spokane consolidating in former Inland Power site

Arc of Spokane will consolidate its programs for the developmentally disabled next spring into the former Inland Power and Light Co. building at 320 E. Second Ave. Executive Director Greg Falk said Walker Construction began $1.7 million in upgrades to the building last month.

Woman sues over housing assistance

A disabled mother living on federal assistance could very well end up homeless after inheriting money from her father who died last year. The sum, $60,000, is not enough to sustain the 55-year-old north Spokane woman, but it is enough to cause her to lose the federal housing subsidy that allows her to live in a duplex apartment with her two teenage children.

Martindale gets $2.5 million loan

More low-income housing has been earmarked for Spokane. Washington state will lend the Spokane Housing Authority more than $2.5 million to help turn the old Hillyard High School into apartments for homeless and low-income residents.

Renovators turn Helena into the Pearl on Adams

The Spokane Housing Authority’s long transformation of the former Helena Apartments is nearing completion. The building’s old name, associated with a dark moment in downtown Spokane history, has been scrubbed away.