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Stories by Kelsey Turner

Columbian staff reporter

With possible snow on Wednesday and temperatures forecasted in the low 20s on Thursday and Friday night, Council for the Homeless will likely issue a severe weather alert activating increased emergency shelter capacity.

Clark County winter shelters get set for cold snap

With possible snow on Wednesday and temperatures forecasted in the low 20s on Thursday and Friday night, Council for the Homeless will likely issue a severe weather alert activating increased emergency shelter capacity.

February 21, 2023, 6:04am Clark County News

Clark County’s winter shelters are bracing for another cold snap later this week. Read story

Golden Tent Mongolian Grill near Vancouver Mall in 2017.

Vancouver Housing Authority master lease agreement to add affordable housing

Golden Tent Mongolian Grill near Vancouver Mall in 2017.

February 20, 2023, 3:47pm Business

As housing costs in Clark County become increasingly unaffordable for many residents, the Vancouver Housing Authority is using an innovative way to put more below-market-rate housing on the ground. Read story

Cars pass by continuing construction on Fourth Plain Community Commons in Vancouver. The mixed-use housing complex has 106 affordable units developed by the Vancouver Housing Authority, using $1.5 million from the city's Affordable Housing Fund.

Vancouver affordable housing, school levies pass

Cars pass by continuing construction on Fourth Plain Community Commons in Vancouver. The mixed-use housing complex has 106 affordable units developed by the Vancouver Housing Authority, using $1.5 million from the city's Affordable Housing Fund.

February 15, 2023, 6:21pm Clark County News

Voters in Vancouver have given their support to an ambitious expansion of the city’s affordable housing program, approving a property tax levy to fund those programs for the next 10 years. Read story

Jose Ponce of Tapias Landscaping, right, works in the front yard of a home under construction in the Parkers Abby development in Vancouver.

Clark County’s housing market sees jump

Jose Ponce of Tapias Landscaping, right, works in the front yard of a home under construction in the Parkers Abby development in Vancouver.

February 15, 2023, 4:35pm Business

Contrary to the winter weather earlier this week, Clark County’s housing market is waking up for spring. Read story

Tents line West 12th Street near the Share House in downtown Vancouver on May 12, 2022.

Vancouver affordable housing levy passing in early returns

Tents line West 12th Street near the Share House in downtown Vancouver on May 12, 2022.

February 14, 2023, 9:42pm Clark County News

The Vancouver community is showing its support for the city’s affordable housing levy, Proposition 3, according to the first set of results released Tuesday night. Read story

Cars pass by continuing construction on Fourth Plain Community Commons in Vancouver. The mixed-use housing complex has 106 affordable units developed by the Vancouver Housing Authority, using $1.5 million from the city's Affordable Housing Fund.

Vancouver voters will decide future of Affordable Housing Fund on Tuesday

Cars pass by continuing construction on Fourth Plain Community Commons in Vancouver. The mixed-use housing complex has 106 affordable units developed by the Vancouver Housing Authority, using $1.5 million from the city's Affordable Housing Fund.

February 12, 2023, 6:00am Clark County News

In Tuesday’s special election, Vancouver voters will decide whether to renew the city’s Affordable Housing Fund for another 10 years. Ballots have already arrived in the mailboxes of registered voters who live within Vancouver’s city limits. Read story

A sidewalk snakes between nearly finished town homes at The Courtyards at Hidden Crest development in Vancouver in February. Zoning districts for middle housing developments like town homes can help make way for more middle-income housing options in Clark County.

Zoning key piece of housing puzzle in Clark County, Vancouver

A sidewalk snakes between nearly finished town homes at The Courtyards at Hidden Crest development in Vancouver in February. Zoning districts for middle housing developments like town homes can help make way for more middle-income housing options in Clark County.

February 9, 2023, 6:02am Business

Clark County’s housing supply hasn’t kept pace with demand. The county is short 13,500 units, according to city of Vancouver data that goes through 2019, a number that is likely higher today. Read story

Tod Thayer, Friends of the Carpenter executive director, stands among donated coats at the organization's annual coat giveaway Tuesday, organized in partnership with the Boy Scouts of America. Thayer invited various nonprofit organizations to pick up coats to distribute to homeless and low-income clients.

Friends of the Carpenter hosts coat giveaway for Clark County nonprofits

Tod Thayer, Friends of the Carpenter executive director, stands among donated coats at the organization's annual coat giveaway Tuesday, organized in partnership with the Boy Scouts of America. Thayer invited various nonprofit organizations to pick up coats to distribute to homeless and low-income clients.

February 7, 2023, 6:33pm Clark County News

A family of seven walked into the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Vancouver all looking for winter coats earlier this week. On a busy day, the organization sees up to 130 families seeking clothing or other resources. Read story

More than three months after a fire at Fox Pointe apartments, resident Wilma Pomeroy's one-bedroom unit still has no electricity or hot water. Plywood was put over her front door after firefighters kicked it in.

Low-income residents of Fox Pointe Apartments in Vancouver left without housing options after fire

More than three months after a fire at Fox Pointe apartments, resident Wilma Pomeroy's one-bedroom unit still has no electricity or hot water. Plywood was put over her front door after firefighters kicked it in.

February 2, 2023, 6:01am Business

In late October, Wilma Pomeroy was gearing up for a Friday night doing laundry at Fox Pointe apartments in Vancouver’s Bagley Downs neighborhood when another tenant set the building on fire. She grabbed a change of clothes, pajamas and her phone and got out as fast as she could. Read story

Angellina Ricker, 23, became homeless after aging out of the foster care system in Clark County. She now lives at a homeless encampment in downtown Vancouver in a tent she shares with her boyfriend.

‘Slipping through the cracks’: From foster care to homelessness

Angellina Ricker, 23, became homeless after aging out of the foster care system in Clark County. She now lives at a homeless encampment in downtown Vancouver in a tent she shares with her boyfriend.

January 29, 2023, 6:06am Clark County News

Angellina Ricker doesn’t know when she became so terrified of the world. She describes herself as a social butterfly as a little girl, the child who pulled on the pant leg of every adult around her at the grocery store. Read story