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UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

‘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, 10:34 p.m.

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, 12:45 p.m.

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, 9:07 p.m.

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, 9:57 a.m.

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, 11:15 a.m.

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, 8:07 p.m.

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, 5:58 p.m.

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, 2:22 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 9:41 p.m.

House GOP tax plan could jeopardize thousands of affordable housing units in Spokane County

The Republican tax reform plan being debated in Congress could eliminate a financing method used to construct the lion’s share of the nation’s affordable housing, confirming worries and drawing ire …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 9:17 p.m.

As new affordable housing complex opens, advocates see threat from future tax overhaul

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit is the federal government’s primary vehicle for encouraging private development of affordable housing. And it’s in jeopardy.


The Dirt: Work to begin on low-income apartment complex near Spokane Falls Community College

The first phase of a big affordable housing project is cleared for construction just east of Spokane Falls Community College.


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 …


An apartment building boom in Kootenai County

Apartment buildings are popping up like early-spring bulbs across the Coeur d’Alene-Post Falls landscape as builders feed strong demand for rental housing, particularly affordable units for students, seniors and low-income …


SNAP housing will go smoke-free

Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners will follow the lead of other low-income housing providers in the city by asking residents to not smoke in their properties beginning Aug. 1. Residents of …


Grant to Catholic Charities enables housing for poor

Catholic Charities of Spokane announced plans to build a downtown housing complex for the city’s poorest residents to be financed almost entirely by a $2.5 million state grant. The 50-unit …


Apartment projects target affordability

A Hayden company has begun construction on an affordable housing apartment complex for people 55 and older on the west side of Coeur d’Alene. Whitewater Creek also recently was approved …


Habitat building 114 low-cost homes in Deer Park

More than 100 local families now living in poverty will achieve the American dream next summer: They will become homeowners. Habitat for Humanity Spokane broke ground Saturday on a 20-acre …


Rockwell Apartments fixed up by Community Frameworks

Over the past year the Rockwell Apartments, located just off Trent Avenue near Kaiser Aluminum, have been transformed. The buildings were painted and the pool repaired. A new playground was …


Court contract sustained

Spokane Valley will continue to contract with the Spokane County District Court for judicial service. City Council members asked court officials some pointed questions Tuesday, then voted unanimously to rescind …


No-cost deal seeks low-income homes

Developers would be allowed to exceed density limits under a proposal to increase low-income housing in Spokane Valley. The plan is proposed by the city planning staff in cooperation with …


Habitat obtains grant to build ‘green’ homes

Spokane’s Habitat for Humanity affiliate is one of 123 in the country that will build energy-efficient, low-income homes as part of a national program fostering affordable “green” construction. Starting within …