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Shawn Vestal: SPD officers, already in harm’s way, negotiate virus challenges to protect the vulnerable

Police officers are the line of last defense when someone falls through the cracks and finds themselves with nowhere to go, a host of chronic illnesses and not a cent …

Three economists who study poverty win Nobel Prize

The 2019 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences has been won by Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer for groundbreaking work on how to alleviate poverty.

Shawn Vestal: There it is again – the center of Spokane is the state’s poorest district

These figures are new, but the phenomenon isn’t. But incomes in the city are not just low compared to booming Seattle – they are hovering near the poverty line, indicating …

Pope in Madagascar insists: ‘Poverty is not inevitable’

Pope Francis insisted Sunday that poverty isn’t inevitable and that the poor deserve the dignity of work as he visited a hilltop rock quarry in Madagascar.

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 …

Shawn Vestal: Legislature considers sales-tax refunds for Washington’s poor

When compared to the tax-paying woes of the rich, the tax-paying woes of the poor get too little consideration in Washington state.

Students go broke for a day: Poverty simulation helps WSU students understand challenges

About 25 students were thrown in jail, got fired from their jobs, bartered with a pawn shop owner and tried to survive natural disasters Wednesday at the Washington State University …

Vancouver schools helping families living in poverty

Since 2002, Vancouver Public Schools has “stepped out of its lane” – as many educators here say – to help children living in the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods.

Hundreds march down Capitol Way in Olympia Monday to call attention to poverty

About 200 people gathered on the Capitol Campus, marched down Capitol Way and temporarily blocked traffic at some downtown intersections on Monday afternoon, all of it coordinated to call attention …

UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2018

Bill Gates dedicates $158 million to American poverty issues

Bill Gates is starting a new fight against systemic poverty in America, as his private foundation announces millions of dollars toward unspecified initiatives ranging from data projects to funding for …

Simulation aims to show what it’s like to live in poverty

Pretend money, families and events all played a role in a United Way of Yellowstone County simulation designed to offer insights into the lives of Americans struggling to get by.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018

Study: U.S. inequality persists 50 years after landmark report

Barriers to equality are posing threats to democracy in the U.S. as the country remains segregated along racial lines and child poverty worsens, says a study examining the nation 50 …

U.N. report: Access to energy crucial for escaping poverty

A United Nations report says the world’s least developed countries need access to electricity if they are to break out of poverty.

A night at the House of Charity: anxiety, camaraderie and a few good dogs

House of Charity has long been a men’s overnight shelter and day center for homeless adults, but with Spokane trying to provide 24/7 shelter services, it’s also taken on the …

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017

As new affordable housing complex opens, advocates see threat from future tax overhaul

The Low Income Housing Tax Credit is the federal government’s primary vehicle for encouraging private development of affordable housing. And it’s in jeopardy.

Robert J. Samuelson: Middle class comes plodding back

People are reassured, because the economy’s steady, if plodding, performance seems to embody middle-class virtues: order, predictability and hard work.

NYC to offer free lunch to all public school students

New York City public schools will offer free lunch to every student when the new school year starts.

Man who helped pay Spokane school lunch debts looks to raise $600,000 to help more kids

A Washington father who raised nearly $100,000 to cover lunch debt at five Washington school districts is expanding his effort with a new campaign to pay off lunch debt at …

Leaving the streets: Housing challenge gives homeless youth a shot at independent living

Spokane is in the final weeks of a challenge to house 100 homeless young people, ages 12 to 24, in 100 days. King and Pierce counties are also participating, with …

School districts rethink meal debt policies that shame kids

Teaching assistant Kelvin Holt watched as a preschool student fell to the back of a cafeteria line during breakfast in Killeen, Texas, as if trying to hide.

Shawn Vestal: The current political zeal for cutting poverty programs will leave millions of vulnerable children and adults hungry

Every month, more than 16,000 households in Spokane County receive federal help buying food.

Shawn Vestal: In life, ‘Dutch Bros. Guy’ was seen by many, known by few

In the Google Maps image, you see him clearly: Sitting cross-legged on the sidewalk at the intersection of Division and Sharp, huddled behind a cardboard sign asking for help. Steven …

Ben Carson calls poverty ‘a state of mind’ during interview

In an interview released Wednesday, Housing Secretary Ben Carson said that a “certain mind-set” contributes to people living in poverty, pointing to habits and a “state of mind” children take …

Crews clear Seattle homeless camp ahead of light rail work

Crews are continuing to clear out a homeless encampment next to Interstate 90 in Seattle.

Yemen minister says 60 percent of population in dire poverty

Yemen’s planning minister says 60 percent of the country’s population is in dire poverty more than two years since the Shiite rebels forced the country’s internationally recognized government and president …

Union Gospel Mission’s sobriety requirement for homeless fits philosophy of solving poverty

Union Gospel Mission focuses on people who are ready to get sober and requires sobriety at their shelters.

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 18, 2017

State Republican education funding proposal jeopardizes poorest students, Spokane educators say

A public school funding proposal unveiled by state Republicans earlier this month may reduce the amount of money Spokane’s poorest schools receive, according to district administrators.

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017

A record number of poor kids are eating breakfast at school; program endangered

A record number of low-income children have begun to eat breakfast at school. But the policy most credited with boosting their numbers may be on the chopping block under President …

In America, the rich outlive the poor by up to 9.5 years, study says

The United States is one of the richest countries in the world, but it would look dramatically different if its 50 states were organized according to income instead of geography. …

Thousands cross Venezuela border shopping for scarce food

SAN ANTONIO DEL TACHIRA, Venezuela – Tens of thousands of Venezuelans, some of whom drove through the night in caravans, crossed the border into Colombia on Sunday to hunt for …