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Share announces summer meal program in Clark County

June 20, 2022, 3:50pm Clark County News

Share, the local provider of services to homeless and hungry people, has announced its summer meal program. Read story

Morning Press: Columbia River flooding; Ex-Camas coach arrested; Fatal shooting; Homeless count; I-5 Bridge clearance

June 18, 2022, 6:00am Clark County News

Here are some of the stories that were most popular this week with Columbian readers. Read story

A row of tents lines West 12th Street near the Share House in downtown Vancouver. "Until we're able to build enough housing -- not just affordable housing, but all types of housing -- to meet people's needs, we will continue to see these numbers increase even though there's so much work being done," said Andy Silver, chief operating officer of Vancouver Housing Authority.

Point in Time count finds homelessness increasing in Clark County

A row of tents lines West 12th Street near the Share House in downtown Vancouver. "Until we're able to build enough housing -- not just affordable housing, but all types of housing -- to meet people's needs, we will continue to see these numbers increase even though there's so much work being done," said Andy Silver, chief operating officer of Vancouver Housing Authority.

June 16, 2022, 6:00am Clark County News

A recent survey conducted by Council for the Homeless found that the number of people experiencing homelessness in Clark County increased by 21 percent compared with 2020. Read story

"I don't want to set the expectation that if a camp is being cleared that it will never set up again in a particular location, because that likely won't be the case, because we still don't have enough shelter space for people," said Jamie Spinelli. Until enough shelter space is available, the city of Vancouver's Homeless Assistance Response Team will focus on keeping camps smaller and cleaner. Camps will no longer be allowed to block streets or sidewalks.

Vancouver starts removing, cleaning homeless camps

"I don't want to set the expectation that if a camp is being cleared that it will never set up again in a particular location, because that likely won't be the case, because we still don't have enough shelter space for people," said Jamie Spinelli. Until enough shelter space is available, the city of Vancouver's Homeless Assistance Response Team will focus on keeping camps smaller and cleaner. Camps will no longer be allowed to block streets or sidewalks.

May 22, 2022, 6:05am Clark County News

In early April, large homeless encampments could be found throughout Vancouver. Roughly 40 campers clustered near the Share House in west Vancouver, and about 25 people lived at an encampment north of Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard, where Northeast Chkalov Drive turns into 112th Avenue. Read story

Stacy Noble of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, left, joins a tour as they check out one of the units in Tenny Creek at a grand opening ceremony Monday. The three-story, 40-unit assisted living facility will provide critical housing and support for formerly homeless individuals with complex behavioral and physical health challenges.

Assisted living residence for formerly homeless people opens in Hazel Dell

Stacy Noble of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, left, joins a tour as they check out one of the units in Tenny Creek at a grand opening ceremony Monday. The three-story, 40-unit assisted living facility will provide critical housing and support for formerly homeless individuals with complex behavioral and physical health challenges.

May 18, 2022, 6:00am Clark County Health

A three-story, 40-unit assisted living facility that will provide critical housing and support for formerly homeless individuals with complex behavioral and physical health challenges is opening in Hazel Dell. Read story

The Lincoln Place apartment building in downtown Vancouver has 30 units.

Vancouver Housing Authority’s Lincoln Place 2 to move forward

The Lincoln Place apartment building in downtown Vancouver has 30 units.

May 7, 2022, 6:01am Clark County News

The Vancouver Housing Authority is poised to move forward with building Lincoln Place 2, a 30-unit supportive housing project in Vancouver. The project will be adjacent to, and modeled after, the VHA’s existing Lincoln Place at 1351 Lincoln Ave. Read story

City staff member Keisha Howard writes a message for a future Safe Stay Community resident.

Vancouver’s 2nd Safe Stay Community creates welcoming atmosphere

City staff member Keisha Howard writes a message for a future Safe Stay Community resident.

April 28, 2022, 6:00am Clark County News

More than a dozen Sonshine Christian School students gleefully moved throughout Vancouver’s newest Safe Stay Community on Wednesday, delivering goody bags for its future residents. Read story

A mural by artist Guy Drennan, on the east side of The Columbian building, offers a glimpse into the history the newspaper in Clark County.

Columbian readers can help support newspaper’s coverage of Clark County issues

A mural by artist Guy Drennan, on the east side of The Columbian building, offers a glimpse into the history the newspaper in Clark County.

April 20, 2022, 6:04am Business

The Columbian today is announcing a new Community Funded Journalism initiative to boost its reporting across key subject areas. Read story

Jeff Williams at his tiny home in Fruit Valley Terrace on Friday. After losing his business and his home at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Williams struggled with homelessness for more than a year. In December, he got connected with the Vancouver-based nonprofit Community Roots Collaborative that operates Fruit Valley Terrace, a cluster of 29 tiny homes that were built in 2021 to help alleviate homelessness in Clark County. Now, with a roof over his head, Williams has been able to focus on rebuilding his business, Native Roots.

Fruit Valley man exits homelessness, rebuilds business via service to community

Jeff Williams at his tiny home in Fruit Valley Terrace on Friday. After losing his business and his home at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Williams struggled with homelessness for more than a year. In December, he got connected with the Vancouver-based nonprofit Community Roots Collaborative that operates Fruit Valley Terrace, a cluster of 29 tiny homes that were built in 2021 to help alleviate homelessness in Clark County. Now, with a roof over his head, Williams has been able to focus on rebuilding his business, Native Roots.

April 16, 2022, 6:30am Clark County News

Jeff Williams lost everything when the COVID-19 pandemic first hit. Read story

FILE - In this March 3, 2021, file photo, with apartment buildings in the background, pedestrians walk past tents used by people lacking housing at Denny Park near the Space Needle in Seattle. A Washington state judge on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, struck a Seattle measure on homelessness from the November ballot even as the city remains mired in a long-term humanitarian crisis. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Homelessness, behavioral health take precedence in ‘historic’ Washington spending plan

FILE - In this March 3, 2021, file photo, with apartment buildings in the background, pedestrians walk past tents used by people lacking housing at Denny Park near the Space Needle in Seattle. A Washington state judge on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, struck a Seattle measure on homelessness from the November ballot even as the city remains mired in a long-term humanitarian crisis. (AP Photo/Ted S.

April 15, 2022, 7:22am Latest News

The Washington Legislature is using one of the largest infusions of federal money in state history to invest in a wide spectrum of attempts to reduce homelessness. Read story