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Murals brighten up Vancouver Safe Stay Community Hope Village

September 23, 2022, 6:04am Clark County News

Nonprofit organization Fourth Plain Forward, through a partnership with the Clark County Mural Society and the city of Vancouver, is installing local art to beautify the city’s second Safe Stay… Read story

Vancouver City Council approves license agreement for possible downtown Safe Stay Community

September 19, 2022, 10:11pm Clark County News

The Vancouver City Council approved a temporary license agreement Monday to consider converting a vacant downtown lot into a Safe Stay Community, causing further upset among neighboring businesses who have… 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

Clark County Treasurer Alishia Topper, third from left, leads a breakout session Tuesday at a community forum at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Community members were invited to provide input on the 2023-2028 Homeless Action Plan for Clark County. The Homeless Action Plan is a road map the county uses to determine how to use funding to serve people experiencing homelessness in Clark County.

Plan to reduce Clark County homelessness focus of community forum

Clark County Treasurer Alishia Topper, third from left, leads a breakout session Tuesday at a community forum at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Community members were invited to provide input on the 2023-2028 Homeless Action Plan for Clark County. The Homeless Action Plan is a road map the county uses to determine how to use funding to serve people experiencing homelessness in Clark County.

August 26, 2022, 6:04am Clark County News

The Council for the Homeless held a community forum Tuesday evening to gather input from community members on the 2023-2028 Homeless Action Plan for Clark County. 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

Fruit Valley Terrace resident Ty Wilson enjoys a playful moment with his dog, Apollo. Community Roots Collaborative, the nonprofit that created Fruit Valley Terrace, a tiny home village for people exiting homelessness, has partnered with Amerigroup Washington. Together, the two organizations plan to innovate solutions and collaborate on efforts that help people experiencing homelessness in Southwest Washington overcome barriers to resources.

Clark County nonprofit Community Roots Collaborative grows

Fruit Valley Terrace resident Ty Wilson enjoys a playful moment with his dog, Apollo. Community Roots Collaborative, the nonprofit that created Fruit Valley Terrace, a tiny home village for people exiting homelessness, has partnered with Amerigroup Washington. Together, the two organizations plan to innovate solutions and collaborate on efforts that help people experiencing homelessness in Southwest Washington overcome barriers to resources.

August 17, 2022, 6:02am Clark County News

Community Roots Collaborative, a nonprofit developer of permanent, affordable tiny homes for people exiting homelessness in Clark County, has joined forces with Amerigroup Washington, a coordinator of Medicaid managed care health insurance benefits. Read story