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Devoted volunteers keep track of Spokane’s homeless community to prevent major outbreak

Even as Spokane County moves forward through Gov. Jay Inslee’s phased reopening plan, the Spokane Regional Health District is continuing its efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in homeless …


UPDATED: Thu., May 14, 2020

Plans unveiled for homeless shelters in Spokane Arena, county office building

Spokane city officials detailed plans on Thursday to open temporary homeless shelters at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena and a county-owned office building.


UPDATED: Wed., May 13, 2020

Spokane Arena slated to become homeless shelter pending City Council approval

The Spokane Arena is slated to become Spokane’s next homeless shelter on Saturday when the Guardians Foundation vacates the downtown Spokane Public Library and Cannon Street shelters, according to Guardians …


D’Artagnan Caliman: Helping student and youth homelessness now

Overwhelming evidence shows the detrimental ripple effects of COVID-19 on marginalized communities.


UPDATED: Mon., May 11, 2020

Spokane City Council considers limiting shelter reductions

After the brief closure of the Cannon Street warming center led to a tent city near downtown Spokane last month, the Spokane City Council will consider a new law that …


UPDATED: Tue., May 5, 2020

After tumultuous year, The Guardians Foundation plays key role in city shelter system

The Guardians scrambled last week to step in last week and oversee the Spokane’s warming center, which closed when the city allowed its contract with former operator Jewels Helping Hands …


UPDATED: Fri., May 1, 2020

Police push homeless out of park after Spokane shelter closure raises controversy and tent city

The nonprofit in charge of the city’s Cannon Street warming center has refused to immediately make way for a new operator after its contract expired on Thursday.


UPDATED: Mon., April 27, 2020

Shelter search under way in COVID-19 response

Regional leaders are hurriedly searching for temporary shelter space during the COVID-19 pandemic.


UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020

Police continue enforcing camping laws, but as ‘last resort’

The Spokane Police Department says it will continue to enforce the city’s laws against camping on public property and sitting or lying on downtown sidewalks during the daytime –but only …


UPDATED: Thu., April 2, 2020

Billions in virus aid aim to shelter, test the homeless

The Trump administration said Thursday it is distributing about $3 billion in the first round of coronavirus aid to help the homeless find emergency shelter and communities expand testing and …


UPDATED: Mon., March 30, 2020

Downtown library opens as temporary homeless shelter

With an injection of state funding and local ingenuity, the downtown Spokane Public Library opened as a temporary shelter for people experiencing homelessness on Monday to support the region’s response …


UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2020

After Inslee orders stay home, city wants shelters open 24/7

The city of Spokane is asking homeless shelters to operate 24/7 in response to the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order Inslee issued earlier this week.


UPDATED: Mon., March 23, 2020

Fairgrounds, Spokane Public Library eyed for shelter in coronavirus response

Anticipating COVID-19’s continued impact on Spokane, regional leaders are eying the county fairgrounds as a potential site for shelter and an alternate health care facility.


‘Last on the totem pole’: Virus takes toll on Spokane homeless, even without cases detected

Even though COVID-19 has yet to be detected among Spokane’s homeless, the virus has already taken a toll on the services they rely on.


UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

Downtown Spokane library could become temporary homeless shelter, mayor says

The downtown Spokane Public Library is the first of several sites officials are working to identify as a potential temporary shelter for people experiencing homelessness.


UPDATED: Tue., March 17, 2020

Coronavirus measures to cut shelter capacity in half; officials looking for alternative sites

City officials are hurriedly searching for temporary shelter locations this week, as social distancing measures are expected to reduce citywide capacity for the homeless by about 400 beds.


Shawn Vestal: Documentary series puts a different, more humane spotlight on the homeless

Maurice Smith stopped by the Cannon Street Warming Center the other day around lunch, just as people began lining up for a brown-bag lunch: sandwiches, chips, a Jell-O dessert cup …


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 …


UPDATED: Fri., March 13, 2020

To prepare for coronavirus, Spokane officials working to find isolation sites

The city of Spokane is exploring options to rapidly expand its capacity to isolate and quarantine those diagnosed with, or suspected to be infected with, coronavirus. Though city leaders stress …


City prosecutor to review investigation in warming center

The Spokane Police Department’s investigation into The Guardians Foundation will be forwarded to the city prosecutor’s office for review.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 28, 2020

City to review homeless services contracts following controversies

The city of Spokane will commission a third-party investigation of its department that oversees funding of housing and homeless services.


Spokane city leaders ask: When shelter isn’t an option, where do the homeless turn?

What happens when a homeless person is tossed out of a shelter for violating the rules? Are they barred for life? Are other shelters made aware, and do they enact …


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 …


After hepatitis A outbreak, Health District creates job to focus on homelessness in Spokane

As it attempts to respond to the region’s ongoing struggles with homelessness as a matter of public health, the Spokane Regional Health District plans to hire a homeless outreach coordinator …


‘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 …


Spokane City Council shelves proposal that would have erased trash bills for homeless shelters

Spokane City Councilwoman Kate Burke thought she had solved a major funding challenge when she introduced a bill that would erase trash bills for homeless shelters. But the logistical and …


Shawn Vestal: A shift in rhetoric – and a key omission – in the mayor’s talk on homelessness

Mayor Nadine Woodward’s State of the City speech last week was, in many ways, awfully standard fare. Lots of sloganeering and few specifics, with a call to employ the most …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

With continued investment in Cannon Street warming center, city could use it permanently

The city will invest in security upgrades at its Cannon Street warming center as officials consider plans for the building’s ultimate use as a permanent shelter.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

‘They saved my best friend’: Clinic offers veterinary care for low-income, homeless pet owners

Homeless and low-income pet owners can now seek veterinary care for their animals downtown at the Veterinary Clinic at Donna Hanson Haven.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 3, 2020

Taxpayers won’t foot bill for Stevens County commissioners’ legal defense, judge rules

A judge on Friday ruled the commissioners aren’t entitled to a lawyer at public expense. The judge also declined to dismiss the suit, in which Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen …