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Homelessness

Tulalip students help Seattle build tiny houses

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


Providing warmth

Everett couple produces hand-knit goods for the homeless

Date: 08/01/2015 | Local News


Monroe: Report aggressive panhandlers

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


Community Extra: Calendar

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


Historic Everett building could serve as alternative to jail

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


Design student revamps cardboard signs to help homeless stand out

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


Community gathers to help

Project Homeless Connect offers help for those in need

Date: 07/12/2015 | Local News


Together as a family

Father and daughter spearhead help for homeless

Date: 07/10/2015 | Local News


San Fransisco struggling to deal with homeless population

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


A day to reconnect

Homeless get a lifeline to services

Date: 06/29/2015 | Local News


Cocoon House deploys mannequins to reach out to homeless teens

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


Helping homeless less costly than criminalizing them

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


'Friendship, help, hope'

Volunteers at Take the Next Step match people with resources

Date: 06/26/2015 | Local News


Boulders placed in Tacoma area to keep homeless people out

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


Students build for homeless

Native students' houses destined for Seattle camp

Date: 06/16/2015 | Local News


A new calling

Former addict Robert Smiley now lives to help the homeless

Date: 06/15/2015 | Local News


Catholic Community Services breaks ground on housing for homeless veterans

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


New way to help homeless

Police coordinate with social services in effort to offer support

Date: 05/22/2015 | Local News


Known by his acts

Lynnwood pastor focuses on homelessness

Date: 05/16/2015 | Local News


Outsider's plan solves chronic homelessness

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


Cities adopt rules on aggressive panhandling, camping

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


Cocoon House graduates emerge in Everett ceremony

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 mayor announces plans to open 100-bed shelter

SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced plans to open a new 100-bed homeless shelter on city-owned property.

Date: 04/19/2015 | Northwest


Volunteers for decades

Two women are dedicated to helping at the Maltby Food Bank

Date: 04/17/2015 | Local News


Everett council rejects anti-panhandling ordinance

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


Stay focused on helpful ideas

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


ACLU takes aim at Everett anti-panhandling ordinance

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


'No-sit, no-lie' sidewalk ordinance pulled from Everett's agenda

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


Plan to tackle homelessness in Everett hits resistance

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


Street corner commentary

Panhandling initiative draws mixed reviews

Date: 04/12/2015 | Local News


Everett may limit alcohol sales in effort to clean up streets

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 Streets Initiative participants report progress

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 City Council OKs up to 3 new homeless camps

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 Community Streets task force to present conclusions Monday

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


Closing tax loopholes could do a lot of good

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


Police: Woman shot, killed at Seattle homeless encampment

SEATTLE — Police say a woman was shot and killed inside a tent at a Seattle homeless encampment.

Date: 03/14/2015 | Northwest


Everett homeless encampment cleared out

EVERETT — A semi-permanent homeless encampment near the Everett Gospel Mission was cleared away last week.

Date: 03/09/2015 | Local News


House votes to strike local bans on church homeless camps

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's campaign boosted by $200,000 grant from BECU

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


Oregon town sets March 31 deadline for homeless camp

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. — The city of McMinnville has given a downtown homeless camp a firm deadline to disband.

Date: 02/28/2015 | Northwest


Your part in aiding homeless

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


Out of mind, not out of sight

County homeless numbers seem to be rising

Date: 02/23/2015 | Local News


Youth program seeks new money

Cocoon House scrambles after grant isn't renewed

Date: 02/21/2015 | Local News


House of Hope

Monroe mission offers refuge

Date: 02/14/2015 | Local News


Nonprofits get a boost

Everett foundation, United Way hand out $160K

Date: 02/10/2015 | Local News


Counting on an end

Annual tally’s goal is to find homes for all

Date: 01/23/2015 | Local News


Body found in Lacey may be transient

OLYMPIA — Police say a man found dead Sunday in Lacey may be a transient.

Date: 01/19/2015 | Northwest


Seattle mayor wants more tent cities for the homeless

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


Volunteers sought for Point in Time homeless count

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


Mayor: Seattle needs more tent cities

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 simple Christmas gift goes a long way for homeless teens

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


From litter to 'blessings'

Group turns plastic bags into sleeping mats for homeless

Date: 12/05/2014 | Local News


Everett City Council gets Streets Initiative task force report

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


Why I choose to give to those on the street

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


A step beyond

Take the Next Step helps people who need a leg up

Date: 11/23/2014 | Local News


Lynnwood joining in the efforts

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


Homeless man escapes after tent is set afire

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


Clearview man to be honored for aid to the homeless

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


Task force’s ideas to solve problems need our support

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


Warm hearts sought to staff cold-weather shelter

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 streets task force wraps up work

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


Oregon’s homeless student population spikes

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 ready to take its cleanup plans to the streets

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


Veterans program provides help for homeless

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


Work lies ahead after streets initiative report is out

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 investigating attacks on homeless

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 council puts hold on new homeless shelters

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


Socktoberfest: Small steps in warm feet to end homelessness

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


Police tell campers to move out of Seattle park

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


Keeping the community fed

Edmonds church ministry has been serving meals for 10 years

Date: 10/09/2014 | Local News


Winter shelter for Snohomish County homeless in the works

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


United Way honors Oso responders, others who have made a difference

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


Breath of Aire to sing for others’ suppers

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


Recovery Cafe: A safe haven from the streets

The doors aren’t open, but the will is there.

Date: 09/28/2014 | Local News


Task force zeroes in on ways to address homelessness

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


Increase in jail booking, housing fees will cost cities more

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


Safe Place signs bring many calls for help from teenagers in crisis

Nice idea, but I wondered whether a “Safe Place” sign on a bus would make any difference.

Date: 09/03/2014 | Local News


Teens on Darrington Youth Council serve as role models for their peers

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




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