Stories tagged: homelessness
Sat., May 30, 2020
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
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
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 …
Tue., May 12, 2020
Overwhelming evidence shows the detrimental ripple effects of COVID-19 on marginalized communities.
UPDATED: Mon., May 11, 2020
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
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
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
Regional leaders are hurriedly searching for temporary shelter space during the COVID-19 pandemic.
UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020
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
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
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
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
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.
Sun., March 22, 2020
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
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
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.
Sun., March 15, 2020
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 …
Sun., March 15, 2020
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
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 …
Mon., March 9, 2020
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
The city of Spokane will commission a third-party investigation of its department that oversees funding of housing and homeless services.
Mon., Feb. 24, 2020
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 …
Sun., Feb. 23, 2020
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 …
Thu., Feb. 20, 2020
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 …
Sun., Feb. 16, 2020
‘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 …
Thu., Feb. 13, 2020
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 …
Wed., Feb. 12, 2020
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
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
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
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 …