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A former Howard Johnson&rsquo;s hotel near Vancouver Mall converted into Bertha&rsquo;s Place, a homeless shelter, which opened in late 2021.

Clark Asks: Why abandoned buildings can’t be used to house people experiencing homelessness? It’s complicated

A former Howard Johnson&rsquo;s hotel near Vancouver Mall converted into Bertha&rsquo;s Place, a homeless shelter, which opened in late 2021.

February 12, 2024, 2:29pm Clark County News

Can’t some of the abandoned or under-used buildings in Clark County be used for shelters or affordable housing? That’s a question many readers have submitted to The Columbian through the Clark Asks portal on our website. Read story

Phil Zorich, right, looks over his vegetable garden with his wife Robin on Tuesday. With rising rents, the Zoriches grow vegetables to offset their grocery bill.

‘You don’t do anything but survive’: Cost of living, rents on rise, straining many Clark County residents

Phil Zorich, right, looks over his vegetable garden with his wife Robin on Tuesday. With rising rents, the Zoriches grow vegetables to offset their grocery bill.

February 8, 2024, 6:30am Clark County News

Phil Zorich pointed to dark-green kale leaves poking from a garden bed he built. Read story

Pocket Guides to living on the streets of Vancouver sit fanned out. The books, which Lois Smith began handing out in 2017, provide tips and key resource contact information for those living outside.

Weather-proof, pocket-sized guides link homeless people in Clark County with important resources

Pocket Guides to living on the streets of Vancouver sit fanned out. The books, which Lois Smith began handing out in 2017, provide tips and key resource contact information for those living outside.

February 7, 2024, 6:08am Clark County News

On Valentine’s Day in 2017, an idea struck Lois Smith as she drove home from a volunteer shift with Friends of the Carpenter. Read story

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Former Washougal man already serving 108 years for child rape, sentenced in federal court

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February 5, 2024, 4:07pm Clark County News

A former Washougal man was sentenced Monday to 15 years in federal prison for making videos of the rape of two infants. Read story

Johnston Ridge Observatory will be closed until at least summer 2026.

Mount St. Helens’ Johnston Ridge Observatory won’t reopen until at least 2026

Johnston Ridge Observatory will be closed until at least summer 2026.

February 5, 2024, 3:40pm Clark County Life

Mount St. Helens’ Johnston Ridge Observatory will remain closed to the public until at least 2026, a Washington State Department of Transportation spokeswoman said Monday. Read story

Weapons that Vancouver police says officers seized from a man who was threatening customers at an east Vancouver Walmart, which prompted an evacuation of the store.

Walmart evacuated after man with a samurai sword reportedly threatens people

Weapons that Vancouver police says officers seized from a man who was threatening customers at an east Vancouver Walmart, which prompted an evacuation of the store.

February 5, 2024, 12:41pm Clark County News

Vancouver police arrested a man suspected of threatening people with a samurai sword Sunday in an east Vancouver Walmart that had to be evacuated. Read story

The Vine on Fourth Plain, also known as the Green Vine, opened in 2017.

Homes along Fourth Plain near C-Tran’s Vine route jumped in value 5-7% more than average, says study

The Vine on Fourth Plain, also known as the Green Vine, opened in 2017.

February 3, 2024, 6:14am Business

Homes within a 20-minute walk of a Vine on Fourth Plain station experienced a boost in their property values since the bus rapid transit line opened in early 2017, according to a new study. Read story

Construction was in progress this summer on The Broadstone Apartments at the Vancouver waterfront. A recent Harvard University study found that half of renters locally and nationwide spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent and utilities; 25 percent of Vancouver tenants spend more than half their income on rent.

High rents have tenants on edge: 25% of Vancouver renters spend more than half their income on rent

Construction was in progress this summer on The Broadstone Apartments at the Vancouver waterfront. A recent Harvard University study found that half of renters locally and nationwide spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent and utilities; 25 percent of Vancouver tenants spend more than half their income on rent.

February 2, 2024, 6:03am Clark County News

Bonnie Waser’s green Chevrolet Malibu sits in front of her mobile home in Vancouver. The 62-year-old can only put a bit of gas into the car at a time. This is just one of the ways she has had to get by since her latest rent increase. She’s among the… Read story

Kenneth Otten, center, a community liaison with XChange Recovery Services, greets guests at an educational night for families and residents impacted by substance use at Living Hope Church.

‘The idea is to support families’: XChange Recovery event connects those touched by addiction with resources

Kenneth Otten, center, a community liaison with XChange Recovery Services, greets guests at an educational night for families and residents impacted by substance use at Living Hope Church.

February 1, 2024, 2:27pm Clark County Health

Community members, advocates and health professionals met under a canopy of lights Wednesday at Living Hope Church for XChange Recovery’s Community Education Night. Read story

Affordable Housing Fund grants available in Vancouver

January 31, 2024, 5:56am Business

Up to $9.5 million in Affordable Housing Fund dollars are available to developers, nonprofits and other housing providers to go toward projects that supply housing low-income residents in Vancouver. Read story