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UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 9:23 a.m.

Spokane’s response to homelessness dominates mayoral, city council president debate Tuesday night

Whether it was Nadine Woodward and Ben Stuckart for mayor, or Breean Beggs and Cindy Wendle for City Council president, candidates for public office laid out different plans for addressing …


Faith and Values: ‘Running the homeless out of the city is running Jesus out of the city’

When someone lands on the street we have a moral obligation to care for them in whatever way we can. Maybe for some of us that’s through prayer or volunteering …


Shawn Vestal: Another winter without a plan, as mayor’s commitment to shelter system appears to wane

This week’s announcement that the city would again pursue temporary solutions, almost all of which still have yet to be identified, for sheltering the homeless during winter put an exclamation …


Rick Eichstaedt: Homeless fix requires adequate shelters

What is the solution for Spokane’s homeless? It is clear that the city must work toward more shelter space that is free of restrictions. This is the right thing to …


Leaders say sit-lie ordinance won’t be suspended even if Spokane remains without shelter

Neither the mayor nor the Spokane City Council sees the need to suspend the city’s sit-lie ordinance this winter following last year’s dramatic battle.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019, 9:45 p.m.

King County council member proposes money to bus homeless people out of the region

King County would spend $1 million on bus tickets for homeless people who want to reconnect with family or close friends in other states, away from Seattle, under a new …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

Spokane mayor releases initial 2020 budget, including money for 20 new police hires and $220 million in construction

Mayor David Condon’s final budget proposal for the City of Spokane includes funding for an additional 20 police officials, roadwork designed to ease congestion on the crowded Hamilton arterial and …


Don’t give up on East Sprague homeless shelter

Spokane City Council members shouldn’t give up on a potential homeless shelter in East Central, especially without a solid alternative that can be quickly implemented. Another winter without more public …


Vancouver sewing group stitches clothing for homeless children

After 20-some years of sewing clothes for homeless children, the Helping Hands Sewing Group has noticed some changes.


Spokane homeless activist dying of liver disease won’t give up on his life’s work

Alfredo LLamedo is dying of liver disease but won’t stop advocating for the homeless and downtrodden of Spokane.


City hopes ‘Baby Shark’ song will drive homeless away

Officials in West Palm Beach are hoping a continuous loop of children’s songs played throughout the night will keep homeless people from sleeping on the patio of a city-owned rental …


UPDATED: Sat., June 29, 2019, 10:07 p.m.

Hoopfest team Against the Grain celebrates recovery from addiction, homelessness

Kevin Schmeider sponsored the team through his hardwood flooring business, which he started after he and his wife climbed their way out of homelessness and drug addiction.


UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019, 9:58 a.m.

Couple living in former homeless camp find a home – and hope

Twenty-somethings Alexes Wilson and Donaven Farris see potential in the vacant Spokane Valley mobile home they see as a pathway out of homelessness. Just a few months ago the city …


Mount Vernon may consider safe parking ordinance for homeless

The Mount Vernon City Council plans to consider an ordinance that would allow those living in their cars to park overnight at participating religious organizations.


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 7:39 p.m.

Sheriff’s office releases name of deputy who shot homeless man

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office identified a deputy who shot and killed a homeless man May 4 during a confrontation in Spokane Valley.


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 7:38 a.m.

Investigation into homeless man’s shooting death continues; no weapon found yet

Investigation into shooting death of homeless man by a Spokane County sheriff’s deputy details a brief chase and deputy’s fear that the man was reaching into his pants for a …


‘Bursting at the seams:’ Crosswalk Teen shelter plans move to new facility, secures $1 million in first round of funding

The Crosswalk Teen Shelter – Spokane’s oldest emergency youth shelter – is “bursting at the seams.”


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 10:34 a.m.

Homeless ‘good Samaritan’ gets probation in GoFundMe scam

The homeless veteran who admitted to conspiring with a New Jersey couple in a GoFundMe scam that raised more than $400,000 was sentenced Friday to five years’ probation in a …


UPDATED: Sat., March 30, 2019, 11:41 a.m.

Catholic Charities to build additional 51 units downtown for homeless

The building 9 E. First Ave. marks the eighth such development by Catholic Charities to help homeless people.


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

Spokane to offer free STA bus passes to those receiving homeless assistance

The Spokane City Council abruptly voted Thursday to set aside $30,000 in the city’s budget to purchase the passes, which supporters said is necessary to provide transportation options for those …


Then and Now: Alberta Apartments

The Alberta Apartments were built on railroad right-of-way property in 1910 just a stone’s throw away from the tracks through downtown Spokane. Like most downtown housing, they were built during …


Troublesome abandoned house along Bloomsday route to be torn down, owner says

Outside Mark Jaremko’s window sits an abandoned house on the overgrown property across the street. Char marks from a recent transient warming fire stain the house’s white paint, and particleboard …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 9:21 p.m.

2 injured in scissors attack at downtown Spokane shelter

Two Guardians Foundation employees were injured Wednesday morning after a homeless woman attacked them with scissors at Westminster Congregational warming center.


With a pot of soup and fresh socks for the homeless, ex-Boeing executive celebrates her 64th birthday

Deb Maier and her husband, Brad, bring food and new socks to the underpass about once a week. Each time they do, they meet with scores of the city’s homeless.


Construction starts on Catholic Charities $4.48 million unit for homeless

Catholic Charities, which runs the city’s largest homeless shelter and has built hundreds of permanent homes for chronically homeless people, has started construction on a four-story, 51-unit building on the …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 5:21 p.m.

Christmas Eve grinch: Gift for homeless man’s son stolen from driveway

On Christmas Eve he planned to take it to his son, so he stayed at his son’s mother’s home in Frayser. It was parked in the driveway, attached to his …


With new openings, city, charities seek to balance shelter space with need

As the city’s temporary network of warming centers across the city grows and begins to fill up, many existing emergency shelters have had to turn people away or only have …


City Council suspends sit-lie law amid shelter-bed shortage

After litigation concerns and the loss of 150 shelter beds in September, the Spokane City Council voted to suspend a law that banned people from sitting, or sleeping on sidewalks …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 3:59 p.m.

A vaccine for you, and your pooch, too

Several dozen low-income and homeless people took advantage of the WSU Colleges of Nursing and Veterinary Medicine’s free health screening and vaccination clinic on Friday.


Prosecutors: Suspect became ‘fixated’ on homeless man before fatal Seattle shooting

John Thomas Davis had grown increasingly frustrated and angry about increasing crime that he blamed on the homeless before the deadly shooting in the Licton Springs neighborhood. King County prosecutors …