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Stories tagged: affordable housing


Legislature moves to reduce homeless numbers

Lawmakers want to reduce the number of homeless people in Washington by spending some $160 million over a wide range of programs to expand shelters, support for homeless youth and …


Shawn Vestal: As housing market tightens, French calls for city to revisit planning priorities

As Spokane faces a housing crisis, County Commission Chairman Al French argues that part of the problem is a disconnect among the dense-development values of the comp plan, a resistance …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

City follows through on pledge, gives affordable housing complexes $280,000

The Spokane City Council dipped into reserves Monday to fund two affordable housing projects. The council unanimously approved a two-year funding plan totaling $280,000 to support services at The Carlyle …


Bills aimed at addressing homelessness move forward in Legislature

Lawmakers narrow ideas to fight homelessness, passing several bills to address the crisis by expanding existing programs, helping to build more shelters as well as increasing tenant protections and accessibility …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

City scrounges for funding promised to two affordable housing projects

After learning that The Carlyle and Home Yard Cottages are ineligible for the funding they were promised last year, the city was left scrambling to find $280,000 to help fund …


‘As for what we need?’ Housing, services and support, say those experiencing homelessness in Spokane

Spokane’s new mayor, Nadine Woodward, has pledged to embark on a new approach to homelessness that will begin with the formation of a work group. In anticipation of that community …


Eastern Washington tribes receive $6.5 million in federal housing funds

Three Indian tribes in the Inland Northwest will receive more than $6.5 million in federal funds to build and operate affordable housing projects.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

Republicans in Washington Senate offers package of bills designed to fight homelessness

Some Senate Republicans want to take a market-based approach to homelessness by creating more affordable housing as well as crack down on criminal activity.


Washington Legislative Preview 2020: Legislators, Inslee look to reduce homeless numbers

As the number of homeless individuals and families grows around the state, legislative leaders are looking to reduce those numbers with long-term solutions but don’t yet agree about immediate approaches.


Spokane sales tax will fund affordable housing after measure passes council

The Spokane City Council unanimously adopted legislation on Monday that will redirect a portion of the state’s sales tax revenue into local affordable housing projects.


Spokane sales tax revenue could be funneled to affordable housing

The City Council is scheduled to consider a measure Dec. 9 that would redirect some of the local sales tax collections directly toward affordable housing in Spokane, before it reaches …


Spokane City Council to consider land deal with Catholic Charities

The Spokane City Council will vote on a proposed purchase and sale agreement with Gonzaga Family Haven, a project spearheaded by Catholic Charities that looks to develop 72 units of …


Sue Lani Madsen: How to make housing unaffordable

Now that the election is over, a Tenants Bill of Rights ordinance is moving forward. Rapidly. What is on the table works against keeping housing affordable or increasing the supply.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

‘The lack of affordable housing is actually costing us’: Cantwell promotes affordable housing bill in Spokane

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell came to Spokane on Tuesday to champion federal legislation that, if passed, aims to spur the development of 9,700 new units of affordable housing in Washington …


Shawn Vestal: Where should we look for housing solutions? Not here, not here, not here

Everyone agrees we need affordable housing and services for the poor. Everyone has, they assure everyone else, a heart for the suffering among us. And everyone concludes, over and over …


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019

Spokane City Council diverts state sales tax to fund affordable housing

The city of Spokane will redirect a percentage of the state sales tax it collects to affordable housing assistance.


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019

Five West Central ‘zombie homes’ placed in receivership as part of affordable housing push

More than three years ago, activists hatched a plan to save five Victorian houses from demolition and turn them into much-needed affordable apartments in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood. But the …


UPDATED: Sun., June 2, 2019

Church renews effort to build low-income housing; Spokane Valley neighbors object

Neighbors worried about traffic and views oppose a plan by St. John Vianney Church to develop multifamily housing on a site it purchased in 2009 at the northwest corner of …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019

Microsoft pledges $500 million to tackle housing crisis in Seattle, Eastside

Blessed with a balance sheet that allows for sweeping gestures, Redmond tech giant Microsoft is responding to the region’s widening affordability gap with a $500 million pledge to address homelessness …


Spokane City Council passes infill regulations

The Spokane City Council unanimously approved a series of infill regulations, allowing less parking, taller homes and smaller lots in some parts of the city.


New development priced for households making $75K or less

A Tacoma neighborhood under development aims to stay affordable by limiting buyers to households that make $75,000 or less.


As one-man hunger strike continues, city lawmakers reexamine sit-and-lie ordinance

The city of Spokane may re-examine a law that critics say criminalizes the homeless for sleeping or sitting on public sidewalks when they have nowhere else to go, after a …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018

Spokane City Council votes to allow city to give property for affordable housing projects

The Spokane City Council voted to allow unused city properties to be transferred to developers and nonprofits who agree to build affordable housing on the sites.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018

City to vote on giving developers, non-profits land for affordable housing

The city may soon be able to give its unused properties to developers and non-profit organizations who agree to build affordable housing for Spokane’s low-income or elderly residents.


Blokable builds on idea

This summer is shaping up to be a big one for Blokable, the Seattle construction technology company that hopes to upend the market for new affordable housing.


UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018

State approves funding for new Father Bach Haven structures in downtown Spokane

Nearly 1,000 affordable units were awarded state funding this week, with almost a quarter of them in the Spokane area.


UPDATED: Sat., April 28, 2018

Affordable housing displacing rock climbing gym in Boise

A popular rock climbing gym in Boise is closing to make way for affordable housing.


Expansion of tiny, cottage homes gets Spokane City Council’s OK

Legislative changes passed this week are intended to promote infill development in areas all over the city by increasing the density allowed in certain areas and speeding up the process …


With homelessness on the rise, Spokane organizations welcome federal dollars, fear state funds may be in peril

Nearly $4 million in federal funding was awarded to Spokane-area organizations Thursday, dollars aimed at ending homelessness at a time when the number of homeless people is on the rise …


Spokane city planners to detail ideas for keeping housing affordable

Apartment vacancy rates are plummeting, home prices are skyrocketing and 20,000 people are expected to move to Spokane in the next 20 years. If that sounds like a recipe to …