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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019, 9:09 a.m.

City inks deal on new warming center for Spokane homeless

After months of harried searching, the city may have found a new emergency homeless shelter.


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 …


Catholic Charities adds security team with arrest authority to enhance safety around properties

Catholic Charities announced this week it has hired a four-person security team trained by Spokane police to increase safety around its properties.


State, Spokane County struggle with far-reaching health impacts of domestic violence, homelessness

Washington state fell six spots in the 2019 America’s Health Rankings for Women and Children


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 …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 5, 2019, 8:14 p.m.

Suspect held in fatal bludgeoning of sleeping homeless men

A homeless man is accused of brutally attacking sleeping homeless people with a metal bar in New York City’s Chinatown.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 3, 2019, 7:57 p.m.

Spokane city employee leading homeless shelter efforts resigns

As the city scrambles to open a new shelter and temporary warming center before winter, the man leading the effort has resigned – prompting city leaders to ask if he …


Spokane backs Boise’s appeal of homeless camping ruling to Supreme Court

As part of a larger effort, the city of Spokane has voiced its support of Boise in that city’s appeal of a 2018 court decision that requires cities to provide …


Survey finds 3,300 homeless students in Spokane County

The homeless problem in Spokane can’t be measured by the sleeping bags in downtown streets and alleys.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019, 10:37 p.m.

Salvation Army approved as homeless shelter operator. Next step: a building.

The Spokane City Council named the Salvation Army as the operator of the city’s next homeless shelter on Monday, but the city still has to identify a location.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019, 10:38 p.m.

Homeless shelter, city gear up for cold, wind, possibly snow to sweep through Spokane

As Spokane prepares for what forecaster predict will be an unusually cold and snowy weekend, the Union Gospel Mission homeless shelter has suspended its drug and alcohol policies to allow …


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

EPA: California homelessness causing poor water quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says California is falling short on preventing water pollution, largely because of its problem with homelessness in cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco


New proposal would dump utility bills for Spokane’s homeless shelters

Councilwoman Kate Burke will introduce a proposal to offer homeless shelters a 100 percent credit credit on their water and sewer bills.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019, 2:57 p.m.

Spokane City Council demands specifics before awarding $3 million for homeless shelter services

The Spokane City Council refused to empower city administrators with the ability to enter into a contract with the Salvation Army until costs are clear.


Nadine Woodward: Task force on homelessness and seven strategies to reduce it

After talking to our key, on-the-ground stakeholders about homelessness, I have developed a strategy to start turning our challenges into solutions.


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 …


Details lacking: Housing head in L.A., addresses homelessness

The Trump administration continued to show an interest in California’s homeless crisis but offered little in the way of help or specific solutions as the secretary of Housing and Urban …


Shawn Vestal: Homelessness case that has candidates talking and cities worried may not be the final word

Officials shouldn’t lean too hard on an appeals court decision as the reason to provide shelter for the homeless – as opposed to the moral, practical and ethical arguments in …


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.


Dr. Lisa Brown: Strengthening communities by coordinating approaches to homelessness

Homelessness is not just an urban problem, and neither are the solutions.


Housing, hygiene and job services available at Homeless Connect in Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley residents will have a chance to get clean clothes, a shower, medical care, food and career help at the city’s second annual Homeless Connect event Friday.


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 …


As winter approaches, city pledges to take action on homeless shelter

The city of Spokane could submit offers on property for one or more new emergency homeless shelters this week.


Spokane City Council committee to weigh in on homeless shelter search

The Spokane City Council will weigh in on a contract with the Salvation Army to operate a new emergency homeless shelter – the location of which has yet to be …


Shawn Vestal: A sad end to a difficult life provides a ‘miracle’ for five families

Joshua Conklin was more than his worst times. More than a John Doe OD. He was Kirsten Zurfluh’s friend and special charge, and she has worked to give his life …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

Spokane mayor, city council president hopefuls debate homeless issues at library forum

The candidates for mayor and city council president debated the city’s approach to homelessness at a forum at the Spokane Public Library on Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

As Grocery Outlet site seems less likely, Spokane considers 3rd Avenue homeless shelter without regional partners

With the county’s support for a new emergency homeless shelter on East Sprague uncertain, the city has found a new option in a Daybreak Youth Services building on East 3rd …


Local nonprofit offering ‘showers of hope’ to homeless in Spokane, Spokane Valley

A local nonprofit is offering free showers in Spokane and expanding into Spokane Valley, where there are no public showers for people who are homeless.