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Stories tagged: housing

Vatican court convicts ex-hospital chief in housing scandal

A Vatican court on Saturday convicted the former president of the pope’s children’s hospital of diverting some $500,000 in donations to renovate a cardinal’s flat and gave him a one-year …

Ridpath’s revival into small downtown Spokane apartments attracts renters

Nearly 10 years after the last hotel guests checked out, downtown Spokane’s Ridpath Hotel is getting new tenants. And they pay rent.

The Dirt: $10M homeless housing project moves forward

Catholic Charities has been issued permits for more than $10 million in work to 76 units of housing for the chronically homeless in northwest Spokane.

The Dirt: Permits granted for $10 million Catholic Charities housing development for homeless

Catholic Charities has been issued permits for more than $10 million in work to 76 units of housing for the chronically homeless in northwest Spokane.

Long-term mortgage rates unchanged: 30-year at 3.83 percent

Long-term mortgage rates are unchanged this week: The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage remained at 3.83 percent; the 15-year home loan, popular among homeowners who refinance their mortgages, stayed at 3.13 percent, …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017

Seattle would boost spending on homelessness under proposed budget

Seattle would again boost its spending to combat homelessness under a proposed 2018 budget Mayor Tim Burgess delivered Monday to the City Council.

FEMA isn’t relying on trailers to house hurricane victims

The hurricanes that battered Texas and Florida have likely spawned the worst disaster-created housing crisis since Hurricane Katrina left hundreds of thousands of Gulf Coast residents without homes more than …

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017

U.S. housing starts fall 0.8 pct., a 2nd straight monthly drop

Homebuilders slowed their pace of construction by 0.8 percent in August, the second straight monthly decline. A steep drop in multifamily construction more than offset a slight gain in single-family-home …

Froma Harrop: Elite cities need break from success

For the “elite” cities, sharing the growth would reduce pressure to tear down their beloved neighborhoods to build forests of soulless towers – all in the name of improving affordability.

Fixed mortgage rates halt their downward march

Fixed mortgage rates’ downward march came to a halt this week.

Higher gas, housing costs lift U.S. consumer prices 0.4 pct.

Higher gas and housing costs boosted U.S. consumer prices 0.4 percent in August, the most in seven months. The increase suggests inflation could be picking up, but the figures may …

Man charged in fatal shooting at Seattle homeless encampment

A 34-year-old man has been charged in a fatal shooting inside a tent at a Seattle homeless encampment.

Could Amazon’s HQ bombshell let the air out of Seattle’s housing and development boom?

Amazon has been blamed or praised – depending on your perspective – for Seattle’s historic real estate boom.

U.S. pending home sales fell in July, 4th decline in 5 months

Fewer people signed contracts to buy homes in July, the fourth decline in the past five months.

City works to educate on upcoming housing voucher law

The city of Spokane is facing an uphill battle to educate landlords on a new law prohibiting discrimination against tenants based on the source of their income. Under the law, …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017

Seattle to close one of its largest remaining homeless camps

Seattle city officials have ordered one of its largest remaining homeless encampments to be cleared.

Average U.S. mortgage rates stagnant; 30-year rate at yearly low

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were unchanged to lower this week, with the benchmark 30-year rate marking a new low for the year and its lowest point since last November.

Oregon homeless population increases 6 percent

A survey of Oregon’s homeless population shows the number of people living on the streets or in a shelter has jumped by 6 percent from two years ago.

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 19, 2017

California lawmakers to tackle housing crisis, immigration

California lawmakers return Monday from a monthlong break with a busy agenda that includes tackling the state’s housing crisis and deciding whether to make California a statewide sanctuary for people …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

Efforts helping Spokane’s homeless young adults

The city hit its goal in helping over 100 homeless youth in Spokane during a 100-day challenge this spring and summer, finding housing for

Want to live like a Trump? President’s old home is on Airbnb

Want to live like a Trump? Now’s your chance: The president’s New York City boyhood home is on Airbnb.

King County home prices grow $100,000 in a year for first time; West Bellevue jumps 41 percent

For the first time ever, the median King County home price has grown more than $100,000 in just a year, a new grim milestone for buyers already dealing with the …

New affordable housing on East Sprague seen among catalysts for transformation

Four years ago, an idea came out of Spokane City Hall to transform East Sprague. It’s beginning to work.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017

Canada asylum seekers housed at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium

So many asylum seekers are crossing into Canada from the United States that Montreal’s Olympic Stadium has been opened to house them.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017

Expensive in Seattle? Affordability debate for mayor’s race

Seattle voters will winnow a field of 21 mayoral candidates down to two on Tuesday when they start the process of picking a new leader for the booming city that’s …

UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017

U.S. home prices reach record high for 6th straight month

U.S. home prices reached a new high in May for the sixth straight month, raising fears of another housing bubble roughly a decade after a previous one burst.

Officials to remove hundreds of homeless from Oregon land

State and local officials have come up with an agricultural land management plan that involves removing about 200 to 400 people living in homeless camps on private and public property.

Average U.S. mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 3.96 percent

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates declined this week after two straight weeks of increases. The benchmark 30-year rate slipped back below the significant 4 percent level.

Hundreds of units for Spokane’s homeless, in the forest

More than 300 units of affordable housing for the elderly, working and chronically homeless are coming up fast on property formerly owned by the Sisters of the Holy Names of …

U.S. housing starts rebounded in June

Homebuilders ramped up construction in June to the fastest pace in four months, led by surges in the Northeast and Midwest.