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UPDATED: Thu., July 23, 2020

Neighbors, developers push back on plan for new homeless shelter in Emerson/Garfield

As local governments move forward with plans to launch a new shelter in the Emerson/Garfield Neighborhood, it is being met with opposition from some residents who fear its impacts on …

UPDATED: Thu., July 2, 2020

HUD rule change on transgender guests at homeless shelters sparks debate

Spokane homeless shelters say a proposed federal rule change limiting protections for transgender guests will not alter how they operate.

UPDATED: Wed., May 13, 2020

Spokane Arena slated to become homeless shelter pending City Council approval

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 …

UPDATED: Thu., April 16, 2020

‘Change is loss’: Kids with autism struggle with break from routine

All children are different, but this applies exponentially in the case of neurodiverse children. How they are impacted by COVID-19 and stay-home orders varies widely, and families are struggling to …

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

SCRAPS to host meet and greet Saturday for shelter longtimers

After receiving dozens of calls on shelter favorite dog George, SCRAPS will host a meet-and-greet for the German shepherd who has spent more the six months at the shelter.

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: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Spokane’s response to homelessness dominates mayoral, city council president debate Tuesday night

Whether it was Nadine Woodward and Ben Stuckart for mayor, or Breean Beggs and Cindy Wendle for City Council president, candidates for public office laid out different plans for addressing …

Shawn Vestal: Another winter without a plan, as mayor’s commitment to shelter system appears to wane

This week’s announcement that the city would again pursue temporary solutions, almost all of which still have yet to be identified, for sheltering the homeless during winter put an exclamation …

Shawn Vestal: Homelessness case that has candidates talking and cities worried may not be the final word

Officials shouldn’t lean too hard on an appeals court decision as the reason to provide shelter for the homeless – as opposed to the moral, practical and ethical arguments in …

Leaders say sit-lie ordinance won’t be suspended even if Spokane remains without shelter

Neither the mayor nor the Spokane City Council sees the need to suspend the city’s sit-lie ordinance this winter following last year’s dramatic battle.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

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

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 …

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 …

UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019

Couple living in former homeless camp find a home – and hope

Twenty-somethings Alexes Wilson and Donaven Farris see potential in the vacant Spokane Valley mobile home they see as a pathway out of homelessness. Just a few months ago the city …

Then and Now: Alberta Apartments

The Alberta Apartments were built on railroad right-of-way property in 1910 just a stone’s throw away from the tracks through downtown Spokane. Like most downtown housing, they were built during …

Construction starts on Catholic Charities $4.48 million unit for homeless

Catholic Charities, which runs the city’s largest homeless shelter and has built hundreds of permanent homes for chronically homeless people, has started construction on a four-story, 51-unit building on the …

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018

U.S. nixed FBI checks on staff at migrant teen detention camp

The Trump administration announced in June it would open a temporary shelter for up to 360 migrant children in this isolated corner of the Texas desert. Less than six months …

Finding shelter: A night with the women of Spokane’s Hope House

During a hot summer evening, women at Spokane’s Hope House shelter shared their thoughts, impressions and life experiences. The shelter is part of Spokane’s 24/7 network for homeless people, built …

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 26, 2017

3 stabbed at Seattle homeless shelter

Authorities say three men were stabbed in a homeless shelter in Seattle.

Thousands spend Christmas in shelters after Philippine storm

Thousands of villagers in the southern Philippines spent their Christmas morning in emergency shelters Monday as the region dealt with the aftermath of one of the deadliest storms to hit …

Rwanda offers to shelter African migrants abused in Libya

Rwanda is offering to host some, perhaps thousands, of the African migrants whose reported abuse in Libya has led to international expressions of revulsion.

Domestic abuse shelters for men help spotlight male victims

A Texas group has opened what’s believed to be only the second shelter in the U.S. exclusively for men who are victims of domestic violence, as advocates say more men …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 9, 2017

Long lines form outside Florida shelter as Irma nears

Inside Palm Beach Gardens High School’s basketball gym, mattresses and sleeping bags were spread out on the floor Saturday for more than 3,000 people.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Hurricanes knock down social barriers

This is not who we are on an average day. No, on an average day, especially in a city the size of Houston, one tends to live in isolation from …

Mattress store serves as cushy shelter for Harvey’s victims

Of all the places that have been turned into shelters for Hurricane Harvey victims – a megachurch, a ballpark, a gas station, a bowling alley, among them – the one …

Inside Houston shelter, a loud and sometimes chaotic night

With more guests than cots, some people slept on chairs or the floor. People hung towels and wet clothes on the base of the ceiling supports. Police officers guarded several …

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017

Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch opens doors as shelter

Joel Osteen opened his Houston megachurch to those seeking shelter from floodwaters Tuesday after social media critics slammed the televangelist for not offering to house people in need while Harvey …

UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017

Then and Now: House of Charity

Catholics in Spokane formed the Catholic Social Betterment League in 1912, bringing together people from eight parishes to tackle social needs. They wanted to feed the hungry, clothe the naked …

UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017

Spokane resumes full funding for 24/7 homeless shelters, including House of Charity

After months of pleading for funding from other government and private sources, Spokane has agreed to commit more than half a million dollars to fully fund a 24 hour shelter …