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Sue Lani Madsen: Teen Challenge is a model for how to offer a hand up

People in rebellion don’t see value in respecting the system but feel entitled to what they want right now. Therapeutic communities like Teen Challenge transform the heart in addition to …


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019, 8:52 p.m.

City of Spokane faces second lawsuit over handling of homeless camp, demonstration

An attorney with the nonprofit Center for Justice filed the lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of Richard Dahl, a homeless man who lived in the tent city dubbed “Camp Hope” until …


While Spokane County bans camping on public land, Valley leaders fear legal issues if they attempt the same

Camping on public land is now illegal in both the City of Spokane and Spokane County, but Spokane Valley leaders worry they won’t be able to enforce a camping law …


Shawn Vestal: Nadine Woodward views Spokane’s homelessness issues from an ‘aloof, fearful distance’

Nadine Woodward has distinguished herself as someone who seems to gaze upon the city from a castle window, viewing problems from an aloof, fearful distance. This is unfortunate if you …


Downtown Spokane Partnership will pay businesses for projects that deter crime and nuisances

The Downtown Spokane Partnership will offer up to $2,500 in matching rebates for property owners who make changes to their building’s exterior such as security cameras and blocking hidden spaces.


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 10:14 a.m.

Stevens County prosecutor sues county commissioners for allegedly misspending $121,000 in homelessness funds

Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen started two lawsuits against the commissioners following a February report by the state auditor’s office, which found they had made an “unallowable gift of public funds.”


City funds 80 shelter beds for women, family and children

After two homeless shelters almost lost 100 beds for women and children, Spokane City Council approved $360,000 to restore most that were lost.


UPDATED: Sat., June 29, 2019, 8:37 p.m.

Spokane to lose 100 shelter beds for women, children and families in July

In a few weeks, Spokane will lose 100 shelter beds for women, children and families because the two shelters that serve those populations lost some of their funding.


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 9:04 a.m.

As they prepare for smoke season, Spokane leaders consider adding more air monitors and protections for homeless

The main focus of today’s Smoke Ready Communities Day – a collaboration of the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency, Spokane Regional Health District and Greater Spokane Emergency Management – is …


Editorial: Forget the library, dispel myths about homelessness

While Spokane’s


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 2:10 p.m.

Spokane mayoral campaign pushes community to question, defend safety of downtown library

Spokane police are called much more often to the STA Plaza and other public locations downtown than the library. But a social media conversation started by mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward …


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019, 3 p.m.

Panel disagrees on approaches to Spokane’s homelessness problem

A panel of social service providers and policy makers disagreed on the causes of homelessness and its solution Thursday.


UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019, 4:23 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Housed people are increasingly in our faces. What to do?

People with housing – they’re everywhere, and their numbers are growing. Try not to overreact.


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 …


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019, 6:36 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: ‘Homeless Island’ idea touted in ‘Seattle is dying’ based on Rhode Island program that isn’t as reported

Perhaps you’ve heard recently of the “genius” of Rhode Island’s approach to homelessness.


‘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 26, 2019, 8:40 p.m.

Puyallup spent $140,000 to divert calls about homelessness from police. Is it working?

A $140,000 program meant to divert calls about homeless people from police to social workers in Puyallup has not met expectations.


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 1:24 p.m.

Do crime rates rise with homelessness in Spokane?

If history of crime is any indication, there were worse times to be a resident of Spokane.


City count finds an increase in homelessness overall, but fewer homeless families, veterans

The city’s annual Point in Time Count found a slight increase in homelessness overall, with single adult homelessness continuing to trend upwards.


Officials say opening City Hall to the public won’t change anything

A new law opening City Hall to the public without setting a time limit won’t change day-to-day operations or turn the building into a de facto daytime homeless shelter, officials …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019, 10:24 p.m.

Appeals court sends challenge of Boise’s anti-camping ordinance back to district court

A federal appeals court won’t rehear a case related to a ordinance that bans residents from sleeping outside, a policy that has sparked protest in Spokane.


‘Seattle is Dying’ report prompts political response to homelessness in Spokane

City Council President Ben Stuckart declared from the dais last week that neither Seattle nor Spokane is dying, but the divisive KOMO-TV report has prompted a wide-ranging discussion on the …


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 7:06 a.m.

Spokane city leaders may buy homeless shelter to keep it open year-round

As the city’s $1.3 million warming center program winds down, city leaders are looking to purchase an emergency shelter to increase the number of shelter beds permanently.



Downtown cameras, security measures would be pushed under new plan considered by Spokane City Council

The panel is being asked to give its OK to a program that would encourage downtown businesses to put up more lighting and cameras to combat crime by giving them …


Sue Lani Madsen: Showing true compassion for the homeless must include a candid assessment

A blue sedan turned into the side street as our patrol car pulled up to the stop sign, the driver frantically waving for attention. It had so far been an …


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 9:08 p.m.

Emergency homeless ‘camps’ would be exempt from some state rules

Local governments could set up homeless “camps” in an emergency without following some state environmental rules, under a Senate-approved bill.


Jim Theofelis: To heal and find a home, vulnerable youth need our support

New research reveals what many young people and families impacted by behavioral health crises have known for quite some time: they are not receiving the support they need to heal.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, 5:03 p.m.

Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes opens doors to provide Spokane’s homeless vets a hot meal, access to resources

In a room at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, homeless people were treated to chili, hot dogs and potato salad courtesy of Spokane’s Catholic diocese. One veteran attended …


City to resume sit-lie enforcement in February

Now that Spokane’s shelter capacity has increased by 275, the city will resume enforcing a law that bars people from sitting, sleeping or lying on the streets of downtown Spokane …