Photo of Scott Hewitt

Scott Hewitt

social issues & neighborhoods reporter


Recent Stories

Work begins on homeless housing at complex

By Scott Hewitt May 21, 2015 6 a.m.

A new home is rising for people who could die without one.

Volunteers aim to clean up childhood poverty

By Scott Hewitt May 20, 2015 7:13 p.m.

Stefanny Caballero, left, and Sierra Smith, along with other volunteers, flocked to the YWCA Clark County on Wednesday afternoon to spruce up the grounds with fresh paint, plants and flowers, garden tools and good clean dirt.

Rose Village charity looking for new help as volunteers grow older

By Scott Hewitt May 20, 2015 6 a.m.

Gene Scott, spry and wiry at 79, doesn't plan on slowing down. But he allowed that it may be somewhat inevitable.

What's Up With That? Sideways smoke may be breaking clean air rules

By Scott Hewitt May 20, 2015 6 a.m.

Could you please explain why Vancouver residents are allowed to build campfires in their backyards, allowing smoke to blow into neighboring homes? When I informed my neighbors that their fire pit was hazardous to my family's health, I was told it's legal. Why would this blatant air pollution be allowed?

Proud Ground's creative system, subsidy help families own home

By Scott Hewitt May 16, 2015 6 a.m.

The Chidester family moved 13 times in 12 years. Sometimes it was by choice. Other times it was because landlords raised rents or sold houses out from under them.

Affordable housing panel gets to work

By Scott Hewitt May 14, 2015 9:16 p.m.

Some believe a crisis in local housing affordability has been underway for years already, and just got noticed by policymakers and the public. Some believe quick local action is essential. And some believe the data are skewed, the inflating market will self-correct and renters just need better information about their options.

Public housing agency seeks private-market affordability

By Scott Hewitt May 14, 2015 6 a.m.

The Vancouver Housing Authority has rolled out initiatives aimed at opening the very tight private apartment market for some very low-income tenants.

Group preserves affordability at Washougal complex

By Scott Hewitt May 11, 2015 6 a.m.

WASHOUGAL — You could call Towne Square Apartments the anti-Courtyard Village.

Retired letter carrier is back to lead food drive

By Scott Hewitt May 5, 2015 8:04 p.m.

Anybody who works to alleviate hunger will tell you the need isn't declining. According to nationwide nonprofit Feeding America, there are upward of 66,000 "food insecure" people in Clark County — people who don't always have access to sufficient and nutritious food.

Friends of the Carpenter tool, product sale underway

By Scott Hewitt May 1, 2015 5:41 p.m.

What Friends of the Carpenter has to offer — conversation, connection, compassion — isn't for sale. It's always free.

More stories