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The most memorable wave of syphilis for Kurt Kenoyer, a physician assistant working for Columbia River Mental Health, occurred in 2022 when a camp in Vancouver’s North Image neighborhood called The Swamps existed. “I wouldn’t call it an outbreak, but there were quite a few clients there that we were trying to treat and also get tested,” he said.

Health experts: Syphillis is a prevalent infection in Clark County homeless camps

The most memorable wave of syphilis for Kurt Kenoyer, a physician assistant working for Columbia River Mental Health, occurred in 2022 when a camp in Vancouver’s North Image neighborhood called The Swamps existed. “I wouldn’t call it an outbreak, but there were quite a few clients there that we were trying to treat and also get tested,” he said.

June 8, 2024, 6:13am Clark County Health

Syphilis has surged in Clark County in recent years, a trend reflected throughout the United States. It’s especially an issue for Clark County’s growing population of homeless people, who lack medical care and are more at risk of sexual assault, experts say. Read story

The city of Vancouver and Clark County are going back and forth over the process to get funding from the county for a homeless shelter.

Clark County Council again raises doubts about funding for Vancouver homeless shelter

The city of Vancouver and Clark County are going back and forth over the process to get funding from the county for a homeless shelter.

June 7, 2024, 6:05am Clark County News

The Clark County Council is once again leaning toward making the city of Vancouver go through a lengthy committee process to acquire the funding it needs from the county to create a 150-bed homeless shelter. Read story

Artist Benji Todd looks over the new mural highlighting pedestrian safety he created in downtown Vancouver.

Safety is the word on the street at West 11th and Esther in downtown Vancouver

Artist Benji Todd looks over the new mural highlighting pedestrian safety he created in downtown Vancouver.

June 3, 2024, 6:06am Clark County News

The intersection of Esther and West 11th streets in downtown Vancouver received a makeover recently — a colorful mural of blue and green hues to prompt drivers to slow down and watch out for neighbors. Read story

The Clark County Council rejected Vancouver officials’ request for quick help paying for a its bridge shelter for people experiencing homelessness.

Clark County Council rejects quick action to help Vancouver pay for 150-bed homeless shelter

The Clark County Council rejected Vancouver officials’ request for quick help paying for a its bridge shelter for people experiencing homelessness.

May 24, 2024, 8:05am Clark County News

The Clark County Council rejected Vancouver’s request for quick help to pay for a 150-bed homeless shelter. Read story

Andrew Reed of City Electric Co., left, helps Christian Trokey-Backman of Pallet unload roofs for the third Safe Stay community in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 7. The city approved an emergency declaration for homelessness Nov. 6.

‘They need more than rent’: Support at Safe Stay communities helps residents address problems, exit cycle of homelessness

Andrew Reed of City Electric Co., left, helps Christian Trokey-Backman of Pallet unload roofs for the third Safe Stay community in downtown Vancouver on Nov. 7. The city approved an emergency declaration for homelessness Nov. 6.

May 17, 2024, 6:07am Clark County News

Several readers have contacted The Columbian to ask how much it costs to house someone at one of Vancouver’s four Safe Stay homeless shelters, each of which comprises 20 huts surrounded by a fence. Wouldn’t it be cheaper, they ask, to just pay each person’s rent? Read story

Leah Perkel, from left, puts a serving spoon into a dish while Monica Zazueta prepares a plate. They attended Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle&rsquo;s Wednesday workshop that taught people how to safely serve food to homeless people. Participants brought recipes that work for large groups.

Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle hosts class on properly cooking, serving food for homeless people

Leah Perkel, from left, puts a serving spoon into a dish while Monica Zazueta prepares a plate. They attended Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle&rsquo;s Wednesday workshop that taught people how to safely serve food to homeless people. Participants brought recipes that work for large groups.

May 2, 2024, 6:05am Clark County Health

When someone asked Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle if it was true you could only serve food to homeless people from a commercial kitchen, she knew she had to do something. Read story

Clinical supervisor Kami McKinzey-Bartelmie, left, gives a presentation for families during an XChange Recovery Community Educatin and Support Night. &ldquo;Change doesn&rsquo;t happen overnight,&rdquo; she said, but it can and does happen.

XChange Recovery’s message to families of those struggling with addiction: ‘There is hope’

Clinical supervisor Kami McKinzey-Bartelmie, left, gives a presentation for families during an XChange Recovery Community Educatin and Support Night. &ldquo;Change doesn&rsquo;t happen overnight,&rdquo; she said, but it can and does happen.

April 25, 2024, 3:18pm Clark County Health

Becky Berhardt vividly remembers bawling on the phone years ago as she spoke with her son, who was struggling with homelessness and addiction. Read story

Members of the Vancouver Police Department respond to a call of a dead person suspected to have overdosed at a homeless encampment near Hazel Dell on April 4.  At top, Officer Cole Larson of the Vancouver Police Department confiscates a device for smoking fentanyl from a motorist while on patrol April 4.

People are staying homeless for longer than ever before in Clark County — experts say fentanyl is a factor

Members of the Vancouver Police Department respond to a call of a dead person suspected to have overdosed at a homeless encampment near Hazel Dell on April 4.  At top, Officer Cole Larson of the Vancouver Police Department confiscates a device for smoking fentanyl from a motorist while on patrol April 4.

April 20, 2024, 6:14am Clark County Health

It was during cleanup of an encampment in east Vancouver two years ago that the city’s homeless response manager realized a dangerous shift had occurred. Read story

Free Hot Soup Vancouver volunteers Jennifer Wyld, from left, Becky Harrington and Ronda Hansen prepare a plate of food for a person at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. The volunteers are part of a yearslong effort to help the hungry.

‘Food is always a great connection’: Free Hot Soup Vancouver marks decade of serving meals to those in need

Free Hot Soup Vancouver volunteers Jennifer Wyld, from left, Becky Harrington and Ronda Hansen prepare a plate of food for a person at Esther Short Park in downtown Vancouver. The volunteers are part of a yearslong effort to help the hungry.

April 16, 2024, 6:08am Clark County News

About 10 years ago, a group of Clark County residents gathered together to feed the hungry. Free Hot Soup Vancouver volunteers have stuck with it since, serving free food to the community every week for a decade. Read story

Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, standing, speaks to the group at a roundtable discussion about homelessness hosted by a group of healthcare agencies on Friday at the Water Resource Education Center in Vancouver.

Groups target homelessness: Discussion hosted by healthcare agencies examines challenges, notes seniors increasingly affected

Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, standing, speaks to the group at a roundtable discussion about homelessness hosted by a group of healthcare agencies on Friday at the Water Resource Education Center in Vancouver.

April 12, 2024, 5:02pm Clark County News

PeaceHealth convened a roundtable of politicians, housing organizations and nonprofits Friday to discuss how Clark County is working to end homelessness. Read story