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Stories by Kelsey Turner

Columbian staff reporter

Angellina Ricker, 23, fixes the rain cover around the tent she shares with her boyfriend in downtown Vancouver in early January. Ricker became homeless after aging out of the foster care system in Clark County. She now speaks out against the vulnerabilities to human trafficking that homeless and foster youth face.

Hundreds in Washington go missing from foster care

Angellina Ricker, 23, fixes the rain cover around the tent she shares with her boyfriend in downtown Vancouver in early January. Ricker became homeless after aging out of the foster care system in Clark County. She now speaks out against the vulnerabilities to human trafficking that homeless and foster youth face.

January 29, 2023, 6:04am Clark County News

As young adults age out of the U.S. foster care system, some inevitably fall through society’s cracks, becoming homeless shortly after leaving state care. But others aren’t accounted for in that data: Thousands of kids nationwide go missing from state care every year, putting them in danger of exploitation and… 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.

Is Vancouver tax part of affordable housing solution?

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.

January 26, 2023, 6:00am Clark County News

In Vancouver’s special election on Feb. 14, residents will determine the future of the city’s Affordable Housing Fund by voting on Proposition 3, a property tax increase that would sustain the fund for 10 more years. As voters consider their positions, The Columbian answered 10 common questions that community members… Read story

A motorist traveling north on Fort Vancouver Way passes two recreational vehicles parked near Clark College, an area that has become home for several people living in their vehicles.

Vancouver seeks site for new Safe Park as people living in vehicles prompt concerns

A motorist traveling north on Fort Vancouver Way passes two recreational vehicles parked near Clark College, an area that has become home for several people living in their vehicles.

January 25, 2023, 6:03am Clark County News

Last fall, Irma Lucero noticed a recreational vehicle parked outside a house she owns in Vancouver’s Fruit Valley neighborhood. The vehicle sat on the street for about a month and a half. She never saw its owner, but it was clear to her that someone was living inside. Read story

The median sale price for residential homes in Clark County continued falling last month, dropping from $514,000 in November to $479,900 in December, according to the most recent Regional Multiple Listing Service report.

Median sale price for Clark County homes falls

The median sale price for residential homes in Clark County continued falling last month, dropping from $514,000 in November to $479,900 in December, according to the most recent Regional Multiple Listing Service report.

January 18, 2023, 6:52pm Business

Potential homebuyers in Clark County face a difficult decision as the real estate market continues to normalize: Buy now or wait? Read story

Tom Miller owns property next to a homeless encampment in Vancouver's North Image neighborhood called "The Swamps" by its residents. The Washington State Department of Transportation is trying to sell the land where The Swamps sits, meaning the camp will eventually be cleared and its residents will have to find a new home.

‘The Swamps’: Residents of homeless camp in North Image face uncertain future

Tom Miller owns property next to a homeless encampment in Vancouver's North Image neighborhood called "The Swamps" by its residents. The Washington State Department of Transportation is trying to sell the land where The Swamps sits, meaning the camp will eventually be cleared and its residents will have to find a new home.

January 17, 2023, 6:05am Clark County News

Glenn DeHart opened his friend’s dresser drawer one January morning to find a litter of 10 baby rats sitting inside. The mother had run off, so he took them from the drawer and placed them inside an empty plastic toolbox, where they lay huddled together in a tiny ball. Read story

Steven Doble packs up items in his kitchen, preparing to move out of his Vancouver apartment where he's lived for eight years. Doble and his roommate are facing eviction, unable to pay their rent due in part to a long wait time for federal disability benefits.

People with disabilities in Clark County face evictions, homelessness as federal benefits stall

Steven Doble packs up items in his kitchen, preparing to move out of his Vancouver apartment where he's lived for eight years. Doble and his roommate are facing eviction, unable to pay their rent due in part to a long wait time for federal disability benefits.

January 13, 2023, 6:04am Clark County Health

After living at Oakbrook Apartments in Vancouver for eight years, roommates Steven Doble and Faith are packing their things into cardboard boxes. Unable to pay their rent, they got an eviction summons in late December. Read story

Columbia House resident Jerrol Stanley, from left, has his blood pressure checked by nursing student Olivia Spitzer as fellow resident Billy Davidson also gets checked by nursing student Venetia Prontzos.

Nursing students help meet low-income seniors’ health needs in Vancouver

Columbia House resident Jerrol Stanley, from left, has his blood pressure checked by nursing student Olivia Spitzer as fellow resident Billy Davidson also gets checked by nursing student Venetia Prontzos.

January 9, 2023, 6:05am Clark County Health

On a cool December morning, University of Portland nursing students Olivia Spitzer and Venetia Prontzos conducted their weekly blood pressure checks for residents at the Vancouver Housing Authority’s Columbia House, a low-income senior apartment complex. Read story

Former resident Sabrina Thayer, from left in maroon, celebrates the one year anniversary of The Outpost Safe Stay Community with Ren Autrey of Outsiders Inn and her husband, Jim Thayer, on Monday afternoon.

Vancouver’s first Safe Stay Community turns 1

Former resident Sabrina Thayer, from left in maroon, celebrates the one year anniversary of The Outpost Safe Stay Community with Ren Autrey of Outsiders Inn and her husband, Jim Thayer, on Monday afternoon.

January 2, 2023, 6:46pm Clark County News

A few weeks ago, Sabrina Thayer decided to throw a party. She planned to set up tables and a banner, have dessert, balloons and hot drinks. She wanted to thank her family for everything they’ve given her — not her biological family, but her found family at The Outpost, Vancouver’s… Read story

A line of people in need wait to shop for groceries at FISH of Vancouver on Dec. 8.

Clark County food banks squeezed by spiking demand

A line of people in need wait to shop for groceries at FISH of Vancouver on Dec. 8.

December 29, 2022, 6:04am Clark County News

Before FISH of Vancouver’s food pantry doors had even opened on a rainy December morning, people bundled in puffy coats and rain gear stood in a line stretching along the outside of the building. Read story

Toni Lindsay, a client at Share's Women's Housing and Transition (WHAT) shelter, holds a sign that says "Believe in Yourself" in her room that she shares with two other women at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. The WHAT shelter used Vancouver's Affordable Housing Fund to stay open around the clock beginning in spring 2020, a time when many shelter residents had nowhere else to go during the day due to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vancouver’s Affordable Housing Fund provides options to address homelessness

Toni Lindsay, a client at Share's Women's Housing and Transition (WHAT) shelter, holds a sign that says "Believe in Yourself" in her room that she shares with two other women at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. The WHAT shelter used Vancouver's Affordable Housing Fund to stay open around the clock beginning in spring 2020, a time when many shelter residents had nowhere else to go during the day due to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

December 26, 2022, 6:04am Clark County News

As the world spiraled into uncertainty with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, residents at Share’s Women’s Housing and Transition shelter wondered how they would get by. Read story