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‘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 …


Mayor Nadine Woodward asks for patience as she works with providers to tackle homelessness

As both candidate and mayor, Nadine Woodward has signaled that “a hand up, not a hand out,” will be her guiding philosophy. But how Woodward will translate that slogan into …


David Condon turns to veto to assert strong mayor power over veto-proof City Council

The mayor used his veto power 10 times during his eight years in office, by far the most of any elected official who’s held that position since 2001. Condon would …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 2, 2019

Sue Lani Madsen: People become homeless when they ‘run out of relationships,’ not resources

Poor people with family ties and support systems, even addicts who manage to maintain relationships, do not become homeless.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 28, 2019

Many Spokane homeless shelters operating at, above capacity as cold front rolls in

Many of Spokane’s homeless shelters were operating at or above capacity Monday as a cold front brought the coldest temperatures of the year to the area and temporary warming shelters …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

Homeless shelter, city gear up for cold, wind, possibly snow to sweep through Spokane

As Spokane prepares for what forecaster predict will be an unusually cold and snowy weekend, the Union Gospel Mission homeless shelter has suspended its drug and alcohol policies to allow …


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 …


UPDATED: Sat., June 29, 2019

Hoopfest team Against the Grain celebrates recovery from addiction, homelessness

Kevin Schmeider sponsored the team through his hardwood flooring business, which he started after he and his wife climbed their way out of homelessness and drug addiction.


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019

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: Tue., May 7, 2019

Spokane City Council reverses vote on Union Gospel Mission land deal

The Spokane City Council reversed course Monday and approved a land deal with Union Gospel Mission that had been shelved regarding concerns that the city had negotiated a one-sided deal …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019

Spokane City Council nixes Union Gospel Mission land deal

The Spokane City Council backed out of a land deal with Union Gospel Mission after the public, and council members said they were concerned the city had made an unfair …


Shawn Vestal: Catholic Charities takes heat for its low-barrier housing, but closer examination of Starbucks ‘patrons’ tells different story

Most days, a group of people gathers inside and out at the Starbucks coffee shop at Second and Division – one block from the gateway to the city off Interstate …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019

City delays land deal with Union Gospel Mission, partly over concerns on LGBT policies

The Spokane City Council delayed a land deal with Union Gospel Mission over concerns that the city may have made a one-sided deal with an organization that does not hire …


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019

Hunger Run gets new name and management – Negative Split

The Hunger Run organized by the Union Gospel Mission and Second Harvest has gone to the professionals this year. The fundraiser event will be overseen by Negative Split, a local …


Thrift store donations in Spokane rise with items not sparking joy

Thanks to Marie Kondo, there’s been a whirlwind of donations to Spokane thrift stores, even during winter months that usually are slow.


Advocates, vets say animal care services are a growing need for homeless, low income population

For many people experiencing homelessness or poverty, having a pet is a need for survival not a luxury, but finding a safe place to sleep that accepts pets, affordable veterinary …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018

Man who stayed at Union Gospel Mission charged with randomly attacking three people with a knife

Police arrested an apparently homeless man from Utah Tuesday who is suspected of randomly stabbing three people, sending two to the hospital with serious injuries.


Low-cost vet clinic at Union Gospel Mission keeps animals healthy and owners happy

Pets can help calm their owners and reduce stress. That can be key for people who are living in poverty, say volunteers who run a low-cost vet clinic out of …


The gift of time: For Kevin Twohig, serving at UGM Thanksgiving is a family tradition

For eight years, Spokane Public Facilities District CEO Kevin Twohig has volunteered with his family and hundreds of other helpers providing the Union Gospel Mission’s City-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

Bisexual lawyer rejected by Union Gospel Mission sues

A bisexual Christian man is suing Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission after it refused to hire him as an attorney because of his sexual orientation.


Guest Opinion: Phil Altmeyer: What is the loving response to homelessness?

Some social service organizations define loving their homeless neighbors as providing those neighbors with everything they need to survive on the streets. I respectfully challenge that definition.


Initiative aims to return fatherhood into the fabric of family

When Ron Hauenstein started volunteering at the Union Gospel Mission’s shelter for homeless women in 2008, he had an encounter that would change his life. Hauenstein had stopped at the …


UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017

Police find AK-47 loaded with 63 rounds of ammunition in car of man arrested Thursday

Police discovered an AK-47 assault rifle in the car of man arrested Thursday after a short chase just to the east of downtown Spokane.


UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017

Police chase nets man who brandished assault rifle near downtown Spokane

A man who brandished an assault rifle outside the Union Gospel Mission Thursday afternoon was arrested after a brief chase with police.


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.


Mandatory overnight rule at Spokane’s Union Gospel Mission concerns some advocates for the homeless

Some homeless people in Spokane are concerned about changes restricting access to services at the Union Gospel Mission men’s shelter, advocates for the homeless say.


Union Gospel Mission to open new crisis shelter for women and children

The Union Gospel Mission later this month will open a new crisis shelter for women and children, replacing an old motel on East Sprague Avenue that the nonprofit has used …


Norovirus outbreak stabilizing at House of Charity, Union Gospel Mission

Following a norovirus outbreak at the House of Charity over the weekend, health officials and shelter staff are working to get the doors back open.


Spokane health officials say risk of norovirus spreading widely is ‘extremely low’

Following a norovirus outbreak this weekend in two downtown Spokane homeless shelters, public health officials are saying the risk of the general population acquiring the virus is “extremely low.”


Suspected norovirus sickens dozens at the House of Charity

Two homeless shelters in downtown Spokane were under quarantine Saturday after more than 60 people got sick from a suspected norovirus outbreak.