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Affordable Housing

Housed, but hanging on by thread: Vancouver family struggles as they watch neighbors end up homeless

March 2, 2024, 6:14am Clark County News

A tan duplex in a quiet Vancouver cul-de-sac tells the harrowing story of the city’s housing affordability crisis. Read story

HomeShare Clark County, WA wants to pair renters with senior citizens who own homes

February 27, 2024, 6:07am Clark County News

Cue “The Golden Girls” theme song: To combat the housing crisis, a Clark County group wants to pair seniors with people seeking a place to live. Read story

The sunrise shines Jan. 16 over the Chicago skyline and the steaming frigid waters of Lake Michigan at Montrose Beach. Voters in Chicago will weigh the mayor&rsquo;s plan to triple the current real estate transfer tax on residential and commercial property sales between $1 million and $1.5 million and quadruple the tax for properties above $1.5 million to fund homelessness services.

‘This will be transformative for affordable housing’: States say if you can buy ‘mansion,’ you can pay affordable housing tax

The sunrise shines Jan. 16 over the Chicago skyline and the steaming frigid waters of Lake Michigan at Montrose Beach. Voters in Chicago will weigh the mayor&rsquo;s plan to triple the current real estate transfer tax on residential and commercial property sales between $1 million and $1.5 million and quadruple the tax for properties above $1.5 million to fund homelessness services.

February 17, 2024, 6:05am Nation & World

Washington lawmakers last year dedicated a record $400 million to the state’s Housing Trust Fund, which distributes loans and grants to create affordable housing. Read story

Cheyonna Lewis looks through her burn pile of mail at her house in east Vancouver. Lewis is one of many renters in Clark County dealing with junk fees.

‘These are predatory fees. There’s no question about that’: ‘Junk fees’ burden renters in Clark County

Cheyonna Lewis looks through her burn pile of mail at her house in east Vancouver. Lewis is one of many renters in Clark County dealing with junk fees.

February 14, 2024, 6:06am Business

Fees hit Cheyonna Lewis when she was already on the edge. Rent has doubled for her Vancouver home, where she’s lived with her children and pets for 18 years. She’s been scraping by with the help of a housing voucher. Read story

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

Vancouver waterfront apartment building will get $3.11M tax break over eight years

February 6, 2024, 2:48pm Clark County News

The Vancouver City Council awarded an eight-year tax break to the developer of a seven-story apartment building with 194 market-rate units planned for the waterfront. 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

Maya Hendin of Council for the Homeless looks out at the Capitol during a break from meeting with state legislators Tuesday for Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day.

‘I just don’t believe this is the right policy’: Sen. Cleveland votes against rent stabilization bill

Maya Hendin of Council for the Homeless looks out at the Capitol during a break from meeting with state legislators Tuesday for Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day.

January 31, 2024, 2:51pm Clark County News

Sen. Annette Cleveland on Wednesday voted against a rent stabilization bill that proposed to limit rent increases in Washington to 15 percent or lower depending on the choices of local governments. Her move effectively killed Senate Bill 5961 in committee. Read story