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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 …


Volunteers work to find homeless during Point in Time Count

Volunteers with the city’s Point in Time Count, the annual one-week survey of the homeless population, have spent the last week conducting outreach to those experiencing homelessness.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

Republicans in Washington Senate offers package of bills designed to fight homelessness

Some Senate Republicans want to take a market-based approach to homelessness by creating more affordable housing as well as crack down on criminal activity.


Mayor Nadine Woodward asks for patience as she works with providers to tackle homelessness

As both candidate and mayor, Nadine Woodward has signaled that “a hand up, not a hand out,” will be her guiding philosophy. But how Woodward will translate that slogan into …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Fight homelessness with a statewide response, Inslee tells lawmakers in State of State address

Homelessness is a statewide problem that needs a statewide response that includes prevention, rent assistance and housing, Gov. Jay Inslee told legislators today.


Washington Legislative Preview 2020: Legislators, Inslee look to reduce homeless numbers

As the number of homeless individuals and families grows around the state, legislative leaders are looking to reduce those numbers with long-term solutions but don’t yet agree about immediate approaches.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 30, 2019

Nadine Woodward sworn in as Spokane’s mayor

Longtime Spokane television news anchor Nadine Woodward was sworn in as the city’s 45th mayor on Monday in a ceremony at the U.S. Pavilion at Riverfront Park, its netting illuminated …


Difference Makers: Ryan Oelrich aims to help Spokane’s youth through fun, games and data

The executive director of Priority Spokane can point to charts and graphs showing the effect community health workers have had on reducing homelessness among local youth. But there’s also a …


Trump sends holiday tweet attacking California governor over homelessness crisis

President Donald Trump spent part of the Christmas holiday attacking California Democrats over the homelessness crisis in their state, adding another volley of tweets to his long-running criticism of one …


Final warming center in city’s winter homeless plan opens

With the addition of a warming center for families coming online last week, the city’s comprehensive plan to expand shelter capacity through the winter is now complete.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 23, 2019

Calling for counters: Help wanted for annual homeless survey in Spokane

The city of Spokane is soliciting volunteers for the annual “Everybody Counts Campaign” point-in-time count, the yearly survey of the region’s homeless population mandated by the federal government and used …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019

The 2010s in review: School funding, homelessness and City Hall intrigue defined Spokane’s politics

The decade saw the visit of presidential hopefuls, the death of an elder statesman and voters’ creation of a completely new industry. Meanwhile, local governments have been grappling with their …


Report: Foster care system placing more kids in hotels while dealing with intensifying needs

Children in the state’s custody are often placed in emergency placements, in hotel rooms or foster homes, for single nights at a time, an annual ombuds report found.


Spokane County votes to partner with city to fund new homeless shelter

After a year of setbacks, Spokane County and the city of Spokane have agreed to fund a regional shelter that could open as soon as next fall.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Inslee: Tap state reserves to fight homelessness; delay North Spokane Corridor work until July

Washington should tap its rainy day fund for some $319 million to help fight homelessness in communities around the state, Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Inslee wants to tap reserve to address homelessness crisis

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday he wants to spend more than $300 million from the state’s emergency budget reserve to add 2,100 shelter beds and provide other help to …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

Daybreak Youth Services says $500,000 budget gap could force closure of treatment facilities in Spokane, Vancouver

Daybreak, which was founded in Spokane in 1978, says its financial situation follows the troubled expansion of its treatment facility in the Vancouver area. Now the organization is seeking loans …


Council delays vote to ban ‘Mosquito’ noise emitters in Spokane

The Spokane City Council narrowly decided Monday to delay the vote on a proposal to ban machines that emit irritating noises intended to scatter young and homeless people from public …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 16, 2019

Supreme Court won’t hear appeal in case that requires cities to have shelter space available to ban homeless camping

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal of the 2018 lower court decision setting limits on cities’ ability to enforce laws against camping in city streets and …


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.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

Aggressive cleanup of Spokane homeless camps to continue, receive more funding in 2020

Originally planned as a one-month trial, city officials will extend a program that has seen a team of city employees collect an average of 1,000 pounds of solid waste every …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Spokane’s real estate boom is pricing out some families. Family Promise program is trying to help.

While Spokane County has experienced an economic boom, families staying at Family Promises’s long-term shelter are taking longer to find housing than ever before.