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Shelter beds are ready in the Winter Hospitality Overflow shelter at St. Paul Luther Church in Vancouver. Congregations and nonprofit organizations in Clark County are working to expand the number of winter shelter beds available with Satellite Overflow Shelters at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church and  River City Church. Other locations will provide more beds in the event of extreme winter weather.

Vancouver service providers add 100 more beds to winter shelters; they hope to ‘make a difference’ for families

Shelter beds are ready in the Winter Hospitality Overflow shelter at St. Paul Luther Church in Vancouver. Congregations and nonprofit organizations in Clark County are working to expand the number of winter shelter beds available with Satellite Overflow Shelters at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Immanuel Lutheran Church and  River City Church. Other locations will provide more beds in the event of extreme winter weather.

November 10, 2023, 6:01am Clark County News

Various faith congregations and nonprofit organizations have joined together to expand the number of emergency shelter beds available to community members. Read story

Vancouver’s Homelessness Response Coordinator Jamie Spinelli (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

Vancouver officials explain emergency declaration for homelessness

Vancouver’s Homelessness Response Coordinator Jamie Spinelli (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

November 7, 2023, 7:37pm Clark County News

In a Tuesday interview with The Columbian, Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes, Vancouver’s Homelessness Response Coordinator Jamie Spinelli and Vancouver City Councilor Ty Stober spoke in more detail about why a civil emergency for homelessness was declared and plans for addressing the issue. Read story

Construction continues at the third Safe Stay community in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday morning, Nov. 7, 2023. The city approved emergency declaration for homelessness on Monday night.

New emergency homelessness orders will allow Vancouver to restrict more camping, move faster on solutionsvideo icon

Construction continues at the third Safe Stay community in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday morning, Nov. 7, 2023. The city approved emergency declaration for homelessness on Monday night.

November 7, 2023, 11:17am Clark County News

The Vancouver City Council ratified three emergency orders Monday regarding homelessness, allowing the city to access emergency reserve funds, forgo some processes for accessing resources and designate up to 48 acres of public property and rights-of-way closed to camping. Read story

Tents sit in an empty lot behind Vancouver City Hall. Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes declared a civic emergency on Friday in response to what the city describes as a "perfect storm" of increased criminal activity and drug use in camps and a growing disinterest among camp residents in getting help.

Vancouver declares civil emergency: ‘Homelessness … continues to threaten the lives of residents of the city of Vancouver’

Tents sit in an empty lot behind Vancouver City Hall. Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes declared a civic emergency on Friday in response to what the city describes as a "perfect storm" of increased criminal activity and drug use in camps and a growing disinterest among camp residents in getting help.

November 6, 2023, 5:45pm Clark County News

Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes has declared a civil emergency in response to growing homelessness in the city; rising criminal activity and drug use in camps; and a general disinterest among the unhoused population in getting help. Read story

The median sale price for Southwest Washington homes in June rose to $525,000.

Clark County housing market heats over summer, now cooling off

The median sale price for Southwest Washington homes in June rose to $525,000.

November 1, 2023, 6:06am Business

The housing market heated up this summer and then cooled down. Read story

Ren Rice opened The Romance Era Bookshop in Vancouver as a love letter to romance readers and the fanfiction that fuels their love of reading.

The Romance Era: Vancouver bookstore owner strives to create a cozy, inviting place free of judgment

Ren Rice opened The Romance Era Bookshop in Vancouver as a love letter to romance readers and the fanfiction that fuels their love of reading.

October 30, 2023, 6:15am Business

Ren Rice is crafting a love letter to the community. But instead of using a pen and paper, Rice has created a space for lovers of meet-cutes and happy endings to join together. Read story

Cowlitz Tribal Council Member Suzanne Donaldson, center, delivers a land acknowledgment during the grand opening ceremony of the Nam'u qas apartment complex.

Nam’u qas apartments for people exiting foster care opens in Hazel Dell

Cowlitz Tribal Council Member Suzanne Donaldson, center, delivers a land acknowledgment during the grand opening ceremony of the Nam'u qas apartment complex.

October 25, 2023, 5:14pm Business

A Hazel Dell parking lot located just off the freeway used to be where Vancouver City Councilor Bart Hansen covered up graffiti. Read story

Sativa McGee started ADU Foundation to help add more affordable housing stock to the area.

Nonprofit wants to help pay to build ADUs on properties in Vancouver

Sativa McGee started ADU Foundation to help add more affordable housing stock to the area.

October 25, 2023, 6:08am Business

Sativa McGee wasn’t planning on starting her nonprofit. She had wanted to start a for-profit business selling accessory dwelling units, small dwellings typically located on the property of houses. Read story

Fort Vancouver High School juniors Addison Miles, right, and Zamyrah Scott work on planting tulips. The tulips raise awareness of substance use in the community.

Fort Vancouver High School students host Red Ribbon Week event

Fort Vancouver High School juniors Addison Miles, right, and Zamyrah Scott work on planting tulips. The tulips raise awareness of substance use in the community.

October 23, 2023, 5:40pm Clark County Health

As Addie Cates plopped a tulip bulb into a small hole etched in a flower bed she made a promise to her community. Read story

Marc Eichenbaum, special assistant to the mayor of Houston for homeless initiatives, speaks to a crowd Thursday about how Houston approaches solving homelessness during the Council for the Homeless "Gathering for Change" event at Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver.