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Stories tagged: homeless

Then and Now: Spokane River Shacktown

A population of transient workers and pensioners swelled to more than 100 residents after World War II, but the city’s boosters dismantled it shortly thereafter.

Judge rules Denver’s urban camping ban unconstitutional

A Denver urban camping ban enacted in 2012 constitutes cruel and unusual punishment against the homeless and is unconstitutional, a judge ruled Friday.

Homeless campers shaken after alleged attack Sunday

A group of young men threatened and attacked homeless campers outside of Longview City Hall on Sunday night, leaving the campers shaken and a handful nursing minor injuries, according to …

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 16, 2019

The Dirt: New Hope House shelter for women to be built

The four-story, 57,000-square-foot building at 1301 W. Third Ave. will replace the existing structure, a former diner and Thai food restaurant has been vacant for a year and a half.

Sue Lani Madsen: Brother-in-law lost to mental illness is more than a statistic

Mental illness to homeless to hepatitis A. Just another statistic but now his struggle is over. Today we pick up his ashes. And it shouldn’t have to be this way.

New Hope House shelter to be built on downtown Spokane site long used by restaurants

The four-story, 57,000-square-foot building at 1301 W. Third Ave. will replace the existing structure, a former diner and Thai food restaurant has been vacant for a year and a half.

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 23, 2019

‘A warm bed’: After long line forms, 24/7 warming center opens in Spokane

The long-awaited Jewels Helping Hands warming center opened Saturday in Spokane to serve 30 people who waited in line most of the day to get a warm bed and good …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

WSU cares for low-income people, pets: Annual free clinic provides basic treatment, vaccines

Washington State University Spokane will host its fourth annual “Healthy People, Healthy Pets” event Friday to provide health care services to homeless and low-income people and their pets. The event, …

Reverend Edie Rice-Sauer and Bob Lutz: Homeless, abused need more help

The stereotypical image of homelessness is often a disheveled man, wrapped in his meager belongings, drunk or on his way. Unfortunately, this image is misleading.

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

Jewels Helping Hands denies city request to vacate building for Spokane’s homeless as allegations swirl

“An additional serious concern related to the background of one of the nonprofit’s corporate officers has been raised to the city,” the city said Friday.

Las Vegas bans the homeless from sleeping on some streets. Critics call it a ‘war on the poor’

Amid protests and boos, the Las Vegas City Council voted Wednesday to ban homeless people from sleeping on some city streets - a controversial measure that critics have called a …

Rob McCann: True compassion from a community that cares

Winter will be here soon. It doesn’t matter how hot the rhetoric is when it’s snowing outside and you have nowhere to call home.

As economies grow, so does homelessness in cities like Spokane, evidence suggests

Like other cities in the West, homelessness in Spokane has risen even as the economy has grown.

Faith and Values: Hospice volunteering leads to a series of discoveries, recoveries

The tendency for patients to become your friends makes hospice visits both easier and more difficult: easier in the sense of occupying space and engaging in meaningful conversation with people …

‘Death is ordinary on the streets’: Spokane, Portland serial killers show need for shelters

Robert Lee Yates is known to have murdered at least 13 women sex workers in the Lilac City. And while many had the good fortune of never meeting him, his …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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.