KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Cruise ship passengers have been hanging out at an Alaska homeless shelter to get free coffee and a bite to eat, but few have bothered making a donation, said one of the nonprofit’s board members.
Date: 05/05/2016 | Northwest
TACOMA — Pierce County officials say homelessness in the county has reached a crisis level with more than 2,000 people on the streets in 2016.
Date: 05/02/2016 | Northwest
EventsTween STEAM: Students in grades 4-8 (ages 9-13) are invited to learn more about electricity and magnetism with a hands-on learning event, 3-4:30 p.m. April 29 at the Sultan Boys and Girls Club, 705 First St. Hosted by the...
Date: 04/29/2016 | Local News
BELLINGHAM — Bellingham officials are working to expand shelter options for people as it again begins to clean up homeless camps.The Bellingham Herald reported that a Homeless Outreach Team is tasked with connecting people with services ahead of enforcement.
Date: 04/24/2016 | Northwest
Wow! That's a lot of grocery bagsStudents in the Builders Club at Port Susan Middle School recently collected 5,500 plastic grocery bags from donors in the Stanwood and Camano Island communities. The bags were then given to Maria Breznau for the...
Date: 04/22/2016 | Local News
EventsSock monsters: Teens are invited to make sock monsters, 1-3 p.m. April 22 at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Socks, supplies and snacks provided. For grades 6-12. More info:
Date: 04/22/2016 | Local News
EVERETT — Everett's attempt to get control of its chronic problems with homelessness are starting to yield concrete results.More people are obtaining treatment for their addictions or mental health problems, finding homes and getting jobs.This has been the...
Date: 04/21/2016 | Local News
HopeWorks helps steer former at-risk teens in positive direction
Date: 04/20/2016 | Julie Muhlstein
BREMERTON — Crystal Turner stood in the kitchen of her cramped apartment and stared at the cracks in the fake wood flooring beneath her feet.
Date: 04/13/2016 | Northwest
EventsBenefit auction: Among the Reeds, a Christian nonprofit that does work in Haiti, holds a "Karnaval" dinner and auction, 5:30-9 p.m. April 9 at New Life Church, 6830 Highland Drive, Everett. Tickets are $25 and...
Date: 04/09/2016 | Local News
Picture a member of a board of directors. The person might be a familiar face in business, or a doctor, lawyer, or well-known volunteer.Picture a meth addict, a homeless mother whose kids were taken away by the state's
Date: 04/08/2016 | Julie Muhlstein
EventsCraft show: Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation holds its annual Spring Craft and Garden Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 9 at the Totem Middle School gym, 1605 Seventh St. Handmade and commercial gifts for the Mother's Day,...
Date: 04/08/2016 | Local News
"Sometimes I think we're so liberal that we're OK stepping over dead people on our sidewalks," Daniel Bergerac of the Castro Merchants Association and Castro Cares told me as we discussed the state of the streets of San Francisco. As he knows, people stepping over dead...
Date: 04/05/2016 | Opinion Columnists
TACOMA — A Washington state man who used a homeless Denver man’s identity for more than a decade has been sentenced to two years and three months in federal prison.
Date: 04/02/2016 | Northwest
TACOMA — In an effort address the rising number of homeless public school students in Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure Friday that aims to help reduce obstacles to their success in and out of class.
Date: 04/01/2016 | Northwest
SEATTLE — The University of Washington is considering hosting a homeless camp on campus, following the experience of two other Seattle universities. University officials say they were inspired to consider the idea after a recent homeless count found more people are without a home in King...
Date: 04/01/2016 | Northwest
It's easy to dismiss as "typically Californian" the story earlier this week about a man who's paying $400 a...
Date: 04/01/2016 | Editorials
It's over. For this year at least.Following a 60-day session, with a 20-day special session tacked on, the Legislature was able to complete major tasks in passing a supplemental budget and setting up a...
Date: 03/31/2016 | Editorials
SEATTLE — A man who transfixed Seattle — and the Internet — by perching near the top of an 80-foot sequoia tree in a downtown shopping district for more than a day would not leave a jail cell for his first court appearance Thursday.Cody Lee Miller, 28, was...
Date: 03/24/2016 | Northwest
EVERETT — Mayor Ray Stephanson on Thursday got an inside look at a Seattle low-barrier housing community that is similar to what he wants to build in Everett.Stephanson toured the Patrick Place Apartments in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, a 71-unit building built in...
Date: 03/24/2016 | Local News
There's a shared responsibility in ending homelessness for all, but the duty is felt more sharply when those without housing are veterans of U.S. military service.As of January 2014, nearly 50,000 homeless veterans were counted during community Point In Time surveys across...
Date: 03/16/2016 | Editorials
EventsTeen art: Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to make string art, 1-3 p.m. March 11 at the Mukilteo Library, 4675 Harbour Pointe Blvd. Supplies and snacks provided. More info: 425-493-8202 ext. 3231.Quilt...
Date: 03/11/2016 | Local News
KELSO, Wash. — Cowlitz County commissioners have approved nearly $200,000 in additional funding for a homeless shelter in Kelso.The Daily News reported that commissioners approved the money Tuesday for the Love Overwhelming shelter.
Date: 03/09/2016 | Northwest
MILL CREEK — The tiny, one-room shed was a home.It had a shingled roof and a lock that only worked from the inside. It had reading materials and a place to hang up clothes. At one point, an electrical cord had been snaked over from a nearby building. It apparently...
Date: 02/27/2016 | Local News
EVERETT — Cocoon House, the Everett nonprofit that provides shelter and services to homeless teens, is embarking on an expansion that will increase both the number and the spectrum of people it serves.
Date: 02/23/2016 | Local News
EVERETT — The city of Everett’s plan to provide low-barrier housing to the homeless could use a few good homes.
Date: 02/19/2016 | Local News
EventsMusical jam: Enjoy an evening of old-time music with fiddle, guitar, banjo and more at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 (third Friday) at the Sisco Heights Community Club, 13527 99th Ave. NE, Arlington. Musicians welcome, or just come and...
Date: 02/19/2016 | Local News
SEATTLE — As homeless deaths mounted last fall in Seattle, elected officials declared an emergency, resorting to a tool often reserved for natural disasters to confront the burgeoning population of people living on the streets.
Date: 02/18/2016 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Now that the family of 11-year-old Brian Phillips has found a place to live after spending about a year homeless, doing homework comes without fighting the distracting commotion of living in shelters.
Date: 02/15/2016 | Northwest
Hope is one of the essential building blocks to create positive change. Which is why the organization HopeWorks is so aptly named, and deserves to serve as a blueprint for other cities trying to help the less fortunate, especially at-risk youth.
Date: 02/15/2016 | Editorials
EVERETT — Updated numbers from last month’s Point in Time count give a fuller picture of the rise in the area’s homeless population.
Date: 02/14/2016 | Local News
Everett street folk bid farewell to a good friend
Date: 02/10/2016 | Julie Muhlstein
MARYSVILLE — Mayor Jon Nehring would have enough on his plate in his second full term even if he also didn't have to deal with one of the biggest traffic chokepoints in the county.Marysville, population 64,000 and still growing, will celebrate its 125th anniversary...
Date: 02/07/2016 | Local News
How should the Pacific Northwest's rapidly-growing communities respond to rising levels of homelessness, inequality and poverty? They certainly have options available: They can fund more shelter beds, or sponsor resume workshops and job fairs, or push for mixed-income...
Date: 02/07/2016 | Commentary
The news isn't good, but the timing of the City of Everett, Snohomish County and others is.Last week's Point in Time survey of homelessness in Snohomish County found a significant increase over the previous year, as
Date: 02/03/2016 | Editorials
EVERETT — A year and a half ago, Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson convened the city's Streets Initiative Task Force to tackle homelessness and the associated problems of substance abuse, mental illness and street...
Date: 02/02/2016 | Local News
EVERETT — An annual survey of homeless people in Snohomish County suggests a surge in families without shelter, a problem many advocates close to the streets have long suspected.The Point in Time count found...
Date: 02/02/2016 | Local News
SEATTLE — Three teen brothers are suspected in a drug-related shooting that left two people dead and three wounded at a well-known Seattle homeless camp, a crime that comes as the city struggles with a surge of people living on the streets.
Date: 02/01/2016 | Northwest
Annual tally of homeless is also a way to offer services
Date: 01/29/2016 | Local News
SEATTLE — A shooting at a Seattle homeless encampment that left 2 people dead and three others wounded appears to have originated with a drug-dealing dispute, according to the police chief.
Date: 01/28/2016 | Northwest
SEATTLE — A deadly shooting at a Seattle homeless encampment known as "The Jungle" was not prompted by malice against homeless people, the police chief said Wednesday.
Date: 01/27/2016 | Northwest
EVERETT — The city of Everett is sponsoring its second Housing First forum at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1, at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave.
Date: 01/25/2016 | Local News
EVERETT — Local nonprofits are sending out a call for volunteers to help with the annual Point in Time homeless count, amid heightened awareness about the issue.
Date: 01/17/2016 | Local News
Now might not be the best time to ask the Legislature for money, but that's not to deny the need and potential to change lives in the city of Everett's $2 million request of this session's supplemental budget.Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson and other city representatives are in...
Date: 01/14/2016 | Editorials
EventsPancakes, Edmonds: The Edmonds Senior Center's monthly pancake breakfast has been moved for January to 8:30-9:30 a.m. Jan. 8 (typically every first Friday). The senior center is at 220 Railroad Ave. Pancakes, strawberry...
Date: 01/08/2016 | Local News
The ideas flowed during a Thursday morning meeting among members of Snohomish County's legislative delegation and officials from the county, its cities and Economic Alliance Snohomish County. Priorities and recommendations for action were discussed, not just for the 60-day legislative...
Date: 01/08/2016 | Editorials
Cities work to help mentally ill, addicts who live on the streets
Date: 01/06/2016 | Local News
EVERETT — A man accused of swinging a large knife at people near the Everett Gospel Mission last month has a lengthy criminal history that dates back decades.
Date: 01/05/2016 | Local News
Homelessness is a wickedly complex problem. There is no one cause, and no one face of the homeless. The growing numbers of homeless reflect structural issues in our economy as well as problems on our streets."Streets issues" are a subset of broader homelessness...
Date: 01/03/2016 | Commentary
EVERETT — Certain beers and malt liquors are to be pulled from the coolers in stores downtown and in several other neighborhoods after an Everett City Council decision Wednesday evening.The City Council voted unanimously in favor of the rule change. Mayor Ray...
Date: 12/31/2015 | Local News
COLUMBIA — Kaylin Tompkins sits cross-legged on the carpet surrounded by her four children. She tickles them, cuddles them and asks them questions in that high-pitched mom voice reserved for little ones. Karly, 7, sits quietly, hands folded, on her mom’s leg while 11/2-year-old AJ dives into his...
Date: 12/27/2015 | Northwest
SEATTLE — King County plans to triple the number of homeless shelter beds inside two King County buildings in downtown Seattle this week.The county will open a new 50-bed shelter inside a vacant building at 420 Fourth Avenue on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Date: 12/26/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant on the Everett waterfront is opening on Christmas Day, but it’s not serving its usual fare.The restaurant instead is offering a free buffet lunch for homeless and hungry people from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Date: 12/24/2015 | Local News
SEATTLE — As homelessness in Seattle continues to grow, a new village of tiny houses is taking shape in the Central District to keep some people warm through winter.
Date: 12/24/2015 | Northwest
Among the scores of solutions outlined as part of the Everett Community Streets Initiative that are being implemented and given further study was the creation of alcohol impact areas within the city that would limit the sale of beverages that sell the punch of high alcohol content at...
Date: 12/23/2015 | Editorials
SEATTLE — Seattle officials are planning more sweeps to clear out homeless encampments throughout the city this winter.
Date: 12/22/2015 | Northwest
Viewpoints: 4 views on addressing mental illness
Date: 12/20/2015 | Commentary
EVERETT — The city of Everett is stepping up its efforts to provide housing for homeless people, and the initiative may receive a welcome boost from Snohomish County.In its budget for 2016, the County...
Date: 12/15/2015 | Local News
MISSOULA, Mont. — Authorities are investigating after a woman’s body was found outside a Missoula hospital.
Date: 12/14/2015 | Northwest
With Everett's serious commitment to helping homeless people — most notably the approval of Mayor Ray Stephanson's $1 million in new funding for the "Safe Streets" project — the city can...
Date: 12/14/2015 | Editorials
EVERETT — Police have arrested a man down by the Everett Gospel Mission who allegedly attacked two people from a church group as they were handing out food to transients in the area.
Date: 12/12/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — Police want to strengthen the city's restrictions on selling certain cheap alcoholic beverages in parts of the city.In April the city of Everett enacted an Alcohol Impact Area to reduce the amount of problems associated with inexpensive, high-proof...
EventsCupcake Wars: "Cupcake Wars: Battle of the Books" is a cupcake competition for young culinary artists (ages 9-15), who are invited to create cupcakes inspired by their favorite books while learning about...
‘Toevember’ brings in thousands of socks for the homeless
PUYALLUP — Seven people who were swept into the Puyallup River from a riverbank homeless camp have been rescued.
Date: 12/09/2015 | Northwest
New coffee shop also serves hope for the homeless, at-risk teens
Date: 12/02/2015 | Julie Muhlstein
EVERETT — The Snohomish County Council on Monday approved a contract for the county jail to house inmates from Seattle. The contract includes changes recommended by Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson.The mayor
Date: 11/30/2015 | Local News
Both Diamond Knot locations will prepare and serve a dinner to the families of Esther’s Place this Thanksgiving.For more details, here’s a press release from Diamond Knot:Diamond Knot Craft Brewing cooks, serves Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless
Date: 11/23/2015 | Hops & Sips
SEATTLE — Residents have started moving in to Seattle’s first-ever permitted homeless encampment.The “Tent City Five Interbay” encampment, which holds up to 80 people, opened Thursday. Organizers expect the camp to be full by next week.
Date: 11/20/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — More than 300 people packed the Historic Everett Theatre Monday evening to listen to a plainspoken former rancher talk about his simple solution for ending chronic homelessness.
Date: 11/17/2015 | Local News
EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene officials are considering whether to approve extended hours for a temporary pilot program that would allow homeless people to sleep overnight at approved sites.
Date: 11/17/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — The leader of the state of Utah’s largely successful program to house the homeless will be the featured speaker at a community forum in Everett on Monday.
Date: 11/15/2015 | Local News
In The Herald's view, as your editorial of Oct. 30, "Use panhandling law to help," indicates, the new Everett aggressive panhandling law is acceptable. I wish I could say your opinion is.
Date: 11/14/2015 | Commentary
PORT ORCHARD — Kitsap County is looking to end homelessness for veterans by next Veterans Day.The Kitsap Sun reported that a coalition of agencies has created the “Homes For all Who Served” project to house dozens of former service members.
Date: 11/11/2015 | Northwest
EVERETT — Gary Watts owns an auto repair shop on Smith Avenue a block from the Everett Gospel Mission. He's been there since 1992, shortly before the shelter opened. Back then the location seemed ideal, just off Broadway, easy for customers to find with the garage's sign visible...
Date: 11/08/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — The sheriff's sergeant walked past an abandoned shopping cart and hooked a right onto a well-worn path that disappeared into a stand of trees in south Everett.A line of sagging tents flanked by piles of garbage came into view."Hello,"...
Date: 11/08/2015 | Local News
SEATTLE — Seattle’s mayor, council members and the King County Executive signed proclamations on Monday declaring the city’s growing homelessness an emergency situation.
Date: 11/02/2015 | Northwest
DENVER — Cities trying to limit panhandling in downtowns and tourist areas are facing a new legal hurdle because of a recent Supreme Court ruling that seemingly has nothing to do with asking for money.
Date: 10/31/2015 | Nation & World
Many of us struggle with the correct response when approached by someone begging for money. Our desire to help a fellow human being often conflicts with our doubts about the person's true need or how they will use what we provide.That conflict also comes into play in how we...
Date: 10/30/2015 | Editorials
EVERETT — The City Council passed a controversial ordinance against panhandling Wednesday that has drawn the attention of activists on behalf of neighborhoods and the homeless.The vote was 4-2, and came before a packed crowd that included vociferous testimony from the...
Date: 10/28/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — The city of Everett's second attempt to pass an anti-panhandling ordinance is scheduled to be taken up for a vote by the City Council on Wednesday.The first ordinance drew protests over what some people said was an attempt to criminalize homelessness.
Date: 10/25/2015 | Local News
EventsMusical jam: Enjoy an evening of old-time music with fiddle, guitar, banjo and more at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Sisco Heights Community Club, 13527 99th Ave. NE, Arlington. Musicians welcome, or just come and enjoy the music.
Date: 10/16/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — Mayor Ray Stephanson's administration is expected to bring back a controversial ordinance that would prohibit panhandling in many parts of the city.The City Council rejected a similar...
Date: 10/14/2015 | Local News
EventsOcean talk: "Ocean Acidification: A Global Challenge in Washington State" will be presented by Jan Newton of the Washington Ocean Acidification Center, during the Pilchuck Audubon Society meeting, 7-8:30 p.m.
Date: 10/09/2015 | Local News
EVERETT — Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson is proposing about $1 million in spending in programs for next year to dramatically ramp up the city's initiatives to combat chronic street nuisances.The effort builds on programs already happening through the city's Streets...
Date: 09/30/2015 | Local News
EventsK-9 event: Watch police dogs in action and help support the Lynnwood Police K-9 Unit at the Leader of the Pack Day, 1-3 p.m. Sept. 26 at Veterans Park, Veteran Way and 44th Avenue W in Lynnwood. Custom stuffed toys for sale,...
Date: 09/25/2015 | Local News
SEATTLE — The Seattle neighborhood of Ballard will soon have a so-called “urban rest stop” where homeless people can come to shower and wash clothes.
Date: 09/24/2015 | Northwest
KIRKLAND — A Kirkland church is offering its parking lot as a place to camp for the city’s homeless residents living in cars and vans.
Date: 09/21/2015 | Northwest
'Wolfman' Jim entertains those stuck in the slow lanes
Date: 09/15/2015 | Whats Up With That?
EVERETT — A high-level conversation will start next week with the goal of tackling a complex subject: poverty in Snohomish County.
Date: 09/12/2015 | Local News
Kudos to Andy Skotdal for telling it like it truly is in his Aug. 30 letter, "Cure epidemic of social illness." Our All-American City is being overrun with the "recidivist...
Date: 09/04/2015 | Commentary
Why is New York so much cleaner than San Francisco? It's a question you hear all the time, even as some New Yorkers swear that Mayor Bill de Blasio's lighter approach to law enforcement has undone some of the gains made under former Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg. I spent three...
Date: 09/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists
EVERETT — Three Everett firefighters were called out July 1 to help a homeless man who was drunk and lying on a downtown sidewalk. They and others in the department had dealt with the man more than 100 times in the past. One of them, a fire captain, decided to drive...
Date: 08/27/2015 | Local News
Some pampering for women dealing with hardships
Date: 08/25/2015 | Local News
PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland will spend more than $900,000 this year in an effort to tackle homelessness.
Date: 08/21/2015 | Northwest
The Obama Department of Justice argued last week that a Boise, Idaho, law against "public sleeping in a city without adequate shelter space constitutes criminalizing homelessness itself, in violation of the Eighth Amendment." In a statement of interest filed in federal...
Date: 08/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists