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Stories tagged: homelessness

Shawn Vestal: Treatment is everyone’s favorite solution, but it’s not so simple

Often, when social issues become politicized – whether it’s homelessness in Spokane or gun violence nationwide – there is a brief, urgent flare of interest in “treatment” as a solution. …

‘I love the dog so much’: Youths who are homeless find comfort in Lutheran nonprofit’s new comfort dog

As people dashed up the stairs at Cup of Cool Water Monday night and reached the Christian nonprofit that serves youths who are homeless in downtown Spokane, the first thing …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 7:28 p.m.

Salvation Army objects to Stuckart’s concerns about group’s treatment of LGBT community

In response to concerns Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart expressed Wednesday about discrimination against the LGBT community at a new city-funded shelter, the Salvation Army said it doesn’t discriminate …

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 11:39 a.m.

Spokane officials pick operator for new homeless shelter, but location, funding questions remain

The city announced a service provider for its proposed homeless shelter on East Sprague.

Shawn Vestal: Where should we look for housing solutions? Not here, not here, not here

Everyone agrees we need affordable housing and services for the poor. Everyone has, they assure everyone else, a heart for the suffering among us. And everyone concludes, over and over …

UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 11, 2019, 11:25 a.m.

Seattle’s politics and problems play role in Spokane mayoral election

Though voters in Seattle appeared last week to dismiss the notion that their city is “dying,” the November general election is shaping up to test if Spokane feels sick.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, 7:09 p.m.

Librarians facing new tasks say crisis isn’t in the catalog

Some public libraries are dealing with so many patrons struggling with poverty, drug addiction or mental illness that a growing number have put social workers on staff. Other libraries have …

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 3, 2019, 2:58 p.m.

Spokane City Council support for new shelter softens in face of opposition

The city is soliciting public input on its plans for a new emergency shelter in East Central, but few details about its operation have been fleshed out.

Spokane homeless activist dying of liver disease won’t give up on his life’s work

Alfredo LLamedo is dying of liver disease but won’t stop advocating for the homeless and downtrodden of Spokane.

UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

City to host public meeting to discuss homeless shelter on border of Spokane and Spokane Valley

After public outcry over a proposed homeless shelter at the border of Spokane and Spokane Valley, city staff and elected officials will hold a public meeting next week.

Hope House women’s shelter plans expansion in new space downtown

Hope House can’t build its new facility fast enough. The women’s shelter – currently operating as a 44-bed shelter on West 3rd Avenue in a building so crowded, it’s a …

New grant aims to help end youth homelessness in Spokane

Thanks to a new burst of funding, Spokane is pouring more resources into ending youth homelessness.

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.