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A house on Northeast 118th Street with a Hasson Company Realtors "For Sale" sign out front in September 2021, in north Vancouver.

Clark County housing costs remain high

A house on Northeast 118th Street with a Hasson Company Realtors "For Sale" sign out front in September 2021, in north Vancouver.

September 20, 2022, 6:03am Business

Drops in new real estate listings and inventory continued limiting the options of potential homebuyers in Clark County last month. Read story

Odyssey World International Education Services board member Rheta Rubenstein, from left, administrative assistant Miracle Joslin, founder and executive director Karen Morrison, and board member Pandora Pierce stand for a portrait outside RichlandHub Coffee Shop.

Founder of Vancouver nonprofit says healing her community at heart of Odyssey World

Odyssey World International Education Services board member Rheta Rubenstein, from left, administrative assistant Miracle Joslin, founder and executive director Karen Morrison, and board member Pandora Pierce stand for a portrait outside RichlandHub Coffee Shop.

September 17, 2022, 6:03am Clark County News

Karen Morrison, founder and senior executive director of Washington-based nonprofit organization Odyssey World International Education Services, says she stands on the shoulders of great Black and African American women. Read story

Tom Piercey takes a break with the family dog, Lulu, and his long-term partner, R.J., at the Evergreen Safe Parking Zone.  The couple have been living out of their van for nearly three years.

Couple struggle with challenges of living in Safe Parking Zone at Evergreen Transit Center

Tom Piercey takes a break with the family dog, Lulu, and his long-term partner, R.J., at the Evergreen Safe Parking Zone.  The couple have been living out of their van for nearly three years.

September 16, 2022, 6:03am Clark County News

Tom Piercey felt like he was in the “Twilight Zone” when he first started living out of his van nearly three years ago. It was November 2019 – the start of winter, right before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Read story

Sallie Reavey, co-owner of the Briar Rose Inn, adjusts a sign for her bed and breakfast Wednesday. She says she might have to sell the inn if a Safe Stay Community is established across the street.

Prospect of third Safe Stay site in downtown Vancouver troubles neighbors

Sallie Reavey, co-owner of the Briar Rose Inn, adjusts a sign for her bed and breakfast Wednesday. She says she might have to sell the inn if a Safe Stay Community is established across the street.

September 14, 2022, 7:32pm Clark County News

A vacant downtown lot that was most recently home to a New Heights Church is being considered by Vancouver officials as a possible site for its third Safe Stay Community providing shelter and services for people experiencing homelessness. Read story

The Eviction Resolution Pilot Program took effect in Clark County in December 2020. Community Mediation Services, the organization that carries out the program in the county, experienced an influx of cases last November when the state's pandemic protections for tenants ended. Community Mediation Services does outreach to tenants facing eviction providing information about the program.

Demand outpaces resources in Clark County as post-pandemic evictions climb

The Eviction Resolution Pilot Program took effect in Clark County in December 2020. Community Mediation Services, the organization that carries out the program in the county, experienced an influx of cases last November when the state's pandemic protections for tenants ended. Community Mediation Services does outreach to tenants facing eviction providing information about the program.

September 11, 2022, 6:05am Business

When Washington’s eviction ban ended in June 2021, residents braced for an eviction “tsunami” due to unpaid rent that had piled up during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read story

Michelle Sanow, right, and her daughter, Amelia Picinich, center, brought dinner to the Safe Stay Community in Vancouver's North Image neighborhood Wednesday evening, with Outsiders Inn Shelter Peer Worker Crystal Drake, left. Sanow spent half the day preparing baked ziti, salad and steamed broccoli for the Safe Stay residents.

Vancouver Safe Stay Community nourished with meals prepared by volunteers

Michelle Sanow, right, and her daughter, Amelia Picinich, center, brought dinner to the Safe Stay Community in Vancouver's North Image neighborhood Wednesday evening, with Outsiders Inn Shelter Peer Worker Crystal Drake, left. Sanow spent half the day preparing baked ziti, salad and steamed broccoli for the Safe Stay residents.

September 3, 2022, 6:03am Clark County News

When Felida resident Michelle Sanow heard about the opening of Vancouver’s first Safe Stay Community in December, she immediately wanted to know how she could help. Read story

Chris Bendix, project developer for Mercy Housing, looks over a three-bedroom unit at the new Columbia Heights affordable housing complex. The project, which offers 69 affordable homes, celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday.

East Vancouver housing complex Columbia Heights links health care, affordability

Chris Bendix, project developer for Mercy Housing, looks over a three-bedroom unit at the new Columbia Heights affordable housing complex. The project, which offers 69 affordable homes, celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday.

August 24, 2022, 7:11pm Clark County News

Columbia Heights, a new affordable housing complex offering 69 homes for low-income families in Vancouver, celebrated its grand opening Wednesday. Read story

A chalk message welcomes visitors and residents including Darren White and his dog, Cooper, 3, at the Safe Stay Community on Tuesday morning.

Police calls drop 30% around Vancouver’s first Safe Stay Community

A chalk message welcomes visitors and residents including Darren White and his dog, Cooper, 3, at the Safe Stay Community on Tuesday morning.

August 23, 2022, 4:16pm Clark County News

In spring of 2021, after a few months sleeping in their car, Sharon and Jerry moved into a homeless encampment in east Vancouver’s North Image neighborhood. Read story

Construction workers lend a hand building homes at the Cedars community in Brush Prairie in July.

Clark County housing market looking healthier in July report

Construction workers lend a hand building homes at the Cedars community in Brush Prairie in July.

August 19, 2022, 6:05am Business

For Clark County residents thinking about buying a home, there’s good news: The market is starting to look up. Read story

Vancouver resident John Beakley gets a free haircut and beard trim from Briana Schwarz of Great Clips during the Open House Ministries annual block party in 2022. The event included a wellness clinic, informational booths and a preventive pet care clinic. The party returned this year following a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Open House Ministries’ block party, resource fair returns to Vancouver after 2-year absence

Vancouver resident John Beakley gets a free haircut and beard trim from Briana Schwarz of Great Clips during the Open House Ministries annual block party in 2022. The event included a wellness clinic, informational booths and a preventive pet care clinic. The party returned this year following a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 11, 2022, 7:07pm Clark County News

Kids got cotton candy. Pets got microchipped. People got haircuts. And everyone was glad to gather as the Open House Ministries Community Block Party and Outreach Resource Fair returned Thursday for the first time in two years. Read story