Agencies looking to house homeless people in tiny houses have agreed to set up a small village at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Seattle. Students from the Tulalip Tribes’ Construction Trades pre-apprenticeship...
Date: 08/01/2015 | Local News
Everett couple produces hand-knit goods for the homeless
Date: 08/01/2015 | Local News
MONROE — Call the cops.That’s the message the Monroe City Council has for anyone hassled by an aggressive panhandler.
Date: 07/25/2015 | Local News
EventsTour de Terrace: The Seafair-sanctioned summer festival in Mountlake Terrace kicks off July 24 with a parade featuring the Seattle Police Motorcycle Drill team at 6:45 p.m. The parade is a kind of dress rehearsal for the...
Date: 07/24/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — A proposal to renovate the former Carnegie Library into transitional housing for the homeless received a boost from the state.Legislators allocated $1.34 million from the state's capital budget for the project, which is being called the
Date: 07/20/2015 | Local News
CHICAGO — Among the tall towers and tourists crowding Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is an often overlooked population: homeless people with signs asking for change.
Date: 07/13/2015 | Life
Project Homeless Connect offers help for those in need
Date: 07/12/2015 | Local News
Downtown San Francisco feels like a large public toilet without enough janitors. More than once this year, I've seen men drop their pants in public places — including at Fifth and Market — to leave a smelly mess on the sidewalk. You can walk for blocks and never escape the...
Date: 07/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Somebody is sitting there. Outside Silver Cup Coffee in downtown Everett, there's a kid hanging out in the sunshine. It's too hot for a sweatshirt and jeans, but the teen's hoody has a message: "My Mom's Boyfriend Hurts Me."
Date: 06/28/2015 | Local News
It was Aug. 20, 2013, and I had just gone to sleep for the night on a bench off U.S. 2 in Gold Bar outside the gas station. I slept with one eye open, because I worried an officer would drive by and arrest me.According to a Homeless Point in Time count conducted in 2014,...
Date: 06/28/2015 | Commentary
Volunteers at Take the Next Step match people with resources
Date: 06/26/2015 | Local News
TACOMA — Tacoma city officials said the city placed large boulders at an encampment near downtown as a last resort to discourage people from gathering there.
Date: 06/16/2015 | Northwest
Native students' houses destined for Seattle camp
Date: 06/16/2015 | Local News
Former addict Robert Smiley now lives to help the homeless
Date: 06/15/2015 | Local News
LYNNWOOD — A small ceremony Thursday on a vacant lot in the Alderwood Manor area marked the culmination of a five-year process to provide housing for homeless veterans.
Date: 06/12/2015 | Local News
Police coordinate with social services in effort to offer support
Date: 05/22/2015 | Local News
The process of innovation is often one of mystery. Where does an idea come from? How do innovators find it? What makes them different from everyone else fumbling around in the dark?Compounding the puzzle is the irony that those most likely to innovate are rarely the experts.
Date: 05/10/2015 | Nation & World
GRANITE FALLS — Aggressive panhandling and unauthorized camping now are illegal here.The City Council unanimously passed two ordinances Wednesday. One bans camping in public parks, streets, sidewalks, alleys or bridges. The other makes it illegal to intentionally block...
Date: 05/09/2015 | Local News
Thank you.Again and again, someone — a teenager, a local leader, even our state’s first lady — came to the podium at Thursday’s 18th annual Cocoon House Butterfly Graduation and expressed gratitude.
Date: 05/01/2015 | Local News
SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced plans to open a new 100-bed homeless shelter on city-owned property.
Date: 04/19/2015 | Northwest
Two women are dedicated to helping at the Maltby Food Bank
Date: 04/17/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — A controversial ordinance that would have made panhandling on street corners a criminal offense was defeated in a late-night vote of the Everett City Council on Wednesday.
Date: 04/16/2015 | Local News
When faced with a long list of tasks, the temptation is to start with the easiest to complete. Sometimes that can help build momentum toward taking on tougher tasks, but it can also divert attention and energy from the overall goal.That appears to be what happened earlier...
Date: 04/16/2015 | Editorials
EVERETT — The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington on Wednesday sent a letter to Mayor Ray Stephanson and the Everett City Council, urging them to not adopt an anti-panhandling ordinance, implying the city could face a lawsuit...
Date: 04/15/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — A proposed ordinance that would have prohibited people from sitting or lying down on sidewalks has been pulled from the City Council's agenda for its meeting Wednesday.The ordinance would also have prohibited camping or erecting structures such as tents in...
Date: 04/14/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — The Everett City Council plans to take up three ordinances this week designed to address problems centered on the city’s homeless population.The plan is meeting some resistance from the public.
Date: 04/13/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — The City Council is taking up three ordinances that would have a significant affect on the activities of homeless people in the city.Everett is in the implementation phase of the Community...
Date: 04/04/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — Four months after the Everett Community Streets Initiative issued a final report, more social workers are riding with police officers and nonprofit agencies are...
Date: 04/01/2015 | Local News
SEATTLE — The Seattle City Council has approved an ordinance allowing up to three new homeless encampments in the city.
Date: 03/31/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — The Everett Community Streets Initiative task force will hold a special meeting Monday to discuss a plan to put myriad recommendations into action.
Date: 03/29/2015 | Local News
Our state's public structures and services are the oil of our economic engine. From roads to bridges, preschool to college, veterans' benefits to senior services and protections for our air and drinking water, we're all better off when we invest in strong communities.But...
Date: 03/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists
SEATTLE — Police say a woman was shot and killed inside a tent at a Seattle homeless encampment.
Date: 03/14/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — A semi-permanent homeless encampment near the Everett Gospel Mission was cleared away last week.
Date: 03/09/2015 | Local News
OLYMPIA — City and county governments across Washington will lose some ability to restrict church-hosted homeless encampments under a bill members of the House of Representatives passed Friday.
Date: 03/06/2015 | Northwest
Housing Hope is more than halfway to its $9.4 million goal in a multiyear capital campaign aimed at providing more affordable housing and jobs programs, and enhancing services for children. A recent grant from
Date: 03/05/2015 | Local News
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. — The city of McMinnville has given a downtown homeless camp a firm deadline to disband.
Date: 02/28/2015 | Northwest
The name itself, Point in Time, tells you something.This is a snapshot, an attempt to count a moving, difficult-to-quantify population on a single night in January.So, while there have been successes in connecting those in Snohomish County's homeless community...
Date: 02/24/2015 | Editorials
County homeless numbers seem to be rising
Date: 02/23/2015 | Local News
Cocoon House scrambles after grant isn't renewed
Date: 02/21/2015 | Local News
OLYMPIA — Police say a man found dead Sunday in Lacey may be a transient.
Date: 01/19/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says the city needs more tent cities to respond to homelessness and illegal camping.The mayor proposed an ordinance Wednesday to allow three tent cities on unused lots in nonresidential zones.
Date: 01/15/2015 | Northwest
Last January's single-day homeless count found 1,272 people in Snohomish County reporting that they had no permanent place to stay. Volunteers are needed for this year's...
Date: 01/14/2015 | Local News
SEATTLE — Mayor Ed Murray says there’s been a recent spike in the number of illegal homeless encampments in Seattle, and he’s wants additional “tent cities” approved to help address the issue.
Date: 12/21/2014 | Northwest
A 13-year-old boy has a simple wish: blue Converse sneakers, size 9. Another boy, 14, wants an extra-extra-large hoodie. Two teen girls are hoping for warm coats this Christmas.
Date: 12/05/2014 | Local News
Group turns plastic bags into sleeping mats for homeless
Date: 12/05/2014 | Local News
EVERETT — The Everett Community Streets Initiative task force presented its final report to the City Council and outlined the processes, deliberations and final recommendations to tackle the city’s chronic problems with homelessness,...
Date: 11/24/2014 | Local News
Every day that I drive through downtown Everett I see a homeless person sitting on the corner holding up a sign asking for help, and it's unsettling to me. I hate the fact that I live in the wealthiest developed nation and we have homeless people. This should not be! No...
Date: 11/24/2014 | Commentary
Thank you for the excellent article regarding Project 99 and the collaborative efforts to address pressing social issues facing us all in Snohomish County in the Nov. 16 Sunday Herald. While the incidents...
Date: 11/22/2014 | Commentary
PORTLAND, Ore. — Officers say somebody poured gasoline or the like on a homeless man’s tent and set it afire, but the man and his dog got out uninjured.The Washington County sheriff’s office says the 47-year-old man called police late Saturday.
Date: 11/17/2014 | Northwest
EVERETT — Frank Fargo keeps count. In more than six years of providing a basic need, Fargo has supplied 6,300 hot showers. They are free for the asking.
Date: 11/17/2014 | Local News
The intention is to address the causes rather than continue to treat the symptoms.Two major initiatives in Snohomish County are attempting to go beneath the surface and find solutions to the root sources of homelessness, addiction, crime and the cycle of poverty in our...
Date: 11/17/2014 | Editorials
SNOHOMISH — A new cold-weather shelter is up and running here. But it needs more volunteers to make it through the winter.The shelter opened Tuesday night at the Snohomish Evangelical Free Church, housing two women and a...
Date: 11/15/2014 | Local News
EVERETT — The Everett Community Streets Initiative task force held its final meeting Thursday, finishing up a draft report that will go to the city council later this...
Date: 11/15/2014 | Local News
PORTLAND, Ore. — The number of Oregon students who were homeless during the past school year has jumped.The state Education Department said Wednesday that 18,902 students were homeless at some point during the 2013-14 academic year, an increase of 737 students from the year before.
Date: 11/12/2014 | Northwest
EVERETT — Everett's Community Streets Initiative task force wraps up its work Nov. 13 with a long list of recommendations to the city.The task force, convened by Mayor Ray Stephanson, was charged with...
Date: 11/10/2014 | Local News
EVERETT — When members of the military leave the service, there are a number of programs to help them readjust to civilian life, including job hunting services through WorkSource’s Serve Center, benefit programs from the Veterans...
Date: 11/09/2014 | Local News
At times its unavoidable and unpleasant. We are confronted by those with drug and alcohol addictions, mental illness or homelessness, often in very public places, a Broadway fast-food restaurant, the library or busy intersections.
Date: 11/02/2014 | Editorials
SPOKANE — Police in Spokane are investigating reports that a suspect is attacking or threatening people, most of them homeless, with pepper spray.
Date: 10/26/2014 | Northwest
YAKIMA — The Yakima City Council approved a six-month moratorium Tuesday night on any new homeless shelters in the city.
Date: 10/22/2014 | Northwest
Bratwurst, root beer and a thousand pairs of socks won’t transform lives. With miserable weather on the way, they will make a small but real difference to people who are homeless.
Date: 10/17/2014 | Local News
SEATTLE — Some neighbors of a north Seattle park were upset when a homeless encampment popped up with more than 20 people in tents staying overnight at Licton Springs Park.Police put the campers on notice Monday to move out within three days.
Date: 10/14/2014 | Northwest
Edmonds church ministry has been serving meals for 10 years
Date: 10/09/2014 | Local News
SNOHOMISH — About 20 volunteers here are scurrying to plan and prepare a cold-weather shelter for those without a warm bed, before temperatures drop.
Date: 10/07/2014 | Local News
TULALIP —At a Spirit of Snohomish County Breakfast that highlighted heroism and generosity displayed after the Oso mudslide, United Way of Snohomish County on Wednesday also honored people who...
Date: 10/02/2014 | Local News
EVERETT — It’s been a dozen years since Shirley Morrow and others at First Presbyterian Church started the meal program they call Dinner at the Bell.
Date: 09/29/2014 | Local News
The doors aren’t open, but the will is there.
Date: 09/28/2014 | Local News
EVERETT — Tracy Vorderbrueggen came into Everett from Lake Stevens one day in August to get her oil changed.On the way her family made a pit stop at the McDonald's on Everett Avenue so one of her sons could use the bathroom. He came back out quickly.
Date: 09/25/2014 | Local News
EVERETT — An increase in the fees for booking and housing inmates at the Snohomish County Jail means bigger bills for local cities next year.The city of Everett, for example, expects to pay an additional $900,000 in 2015 under its contract with the county jail. The...
Date: 09/07/2014 | Local News
Nice idea, but I wondered whether a “Safe Place” sign on a bus would make any difference.
Date: 09/03/2014 | Local News
EVERETT — Hundreds of volunteers set up shop July 10 in Evergreen Middle School to provide the area's homeless and transient population with a variety of services, ranging from free school materials for kids to pedicures for seniors.
Date: 08/15/2014 | Local News