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Tents line West 12th Street near the Share House in downtown Vancouver on May 12, 2022.

Vancouver affordable housing levy passing in early returns

Tents line West 12th Street near the Share House in downtown Vancouver on May 12, 2022.

February 14, 2023, 9:42pm Clark County News

The Vancouver community is showing its support for the city’s affordable housing levy, Proposition 3, according to the first set of results released Tuesday night. Read story

Keisha Howard of the city of Vancouver leaves a kind message for a future resident of Vancouver's second Safe Stay Community. In addition to the Safe Stay Communities, many new housing options are coming online in Clark County. "That will help with chronic homeless and unsheltered people living in encampments that we see around the community," said Andy Silver, chief operating officer of Vancouver Housing Authority.

Vancouver affordable housing, school levies ahead in early returns

Keisha Howard of the city of Vancouver leaves a kind message for a future resident of Vancouver's second Safe Stay Community. In addition to the Safe Stay Communities, many new housing options are coming online in Clark County. "That will help with chronic homeless and unsheltered people living in encampments that we see around the community," said Andy Silver, chief operating officer of Vancouver Housing Authority.

February 14, 2023, 8:25pm Clark County News

Vancouver voters are favoring a measure renewing Vancouver’s Affordable Housing Fund for another 10 years. Voters were approving a replacement levy in Vancouver Public Schools and but were rejecting levies in Washougal and Woodland. Read story

Washington State Capitol Legislative Building (iStock.com)

Law offers free ID cards for unhoused Washington residents

Washington State Capitol Legislative Building (iStock.com)

February 13, 2023, 5:37pm Clark County News

A recently enacted law is said to open doors for unhoused residents by providing free-of-charge identification cards. Read story

A sidewalk snakes between nearly finished town homes at The Courtyards at Hidden Crest development in Vancouver in February. Zoning districts for middle housing developments like town homes can help make way for more middle-income housing options in Clark County.

Zoning key piece of housing puzzle in Clark County, Vancouver

A sidewalk snakes between nearly finished town homes at The Courtyards at Hidden Crest development in Vancouver in February. Zoning districts for middle housing developments like town homes can help make way for more middle-income housing options in Clark County.

February 9, 2023, 6:02am Business

Clark County’s housing supply hasn’t kept pace with demand. The county is short 13,500 units, according to city of Vancouver data that goes through 2019, a number that is likely higher today. Read story

Vancouver City Hall (The Columbian files)

Vancouver seeks comment on American Rescue Plan grant proposals

Vancouver City Hall (The Columbian files)

February 8, 2023, 5:27pm Clark County News

A $2.49 million grant given to Vancouver to support affordable housing and homeless populations is one step closer to being distributed after a year-and-a-half wait. Read story

Tod Thayer, Friends of the Carpenter executive director, stands among donated coats at the organization's annual coat giveaway Tuesday, organized in partnership with the Boy Scouts of America. Thayer invited various nonprofit organizations to pick up coats to distribute to homeless and low-income clients.

Friends of the Carpenter hosts coat giveaway for Clark County nonprofits

Tod Thayer, Friends of the Carpenter executive director, stands among donated coats at the organization's annual coat giveaway Tuesday, organized in partnership with the Boy Scouts of America. Thayer invited various nonprofit organizations to pick up coats to distribute to homeless and low-income clients.

February 7, 2023, 6:33pm Clark County News

A family of seven walked into the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Vancouver all looking for winter coats earlier this week. On a busy day, the organization sees up to 130 families seeking clothing or other resources. Read story

Survey seeks to understand low-income residents in Clark County

February 6, 2023, 6:06am Clark County News

Clark County Community Services has launched its annual community survey to capture the needs of lower-income residents. Read story

Human services workers gather in Seattle City Hall plaza to rally for increased wages that will cover inflation, at a minimum, on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

Homeless services could face cuts in Washington’s 2023 legislative session

Human services workers gather in Seattle City Hall plaza to rally for increased wages that will cover inflation, at a minimum, on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

February 6, 2023, 6:04am Editor's Choice

At least 25,452 people in Washington are living on the street or in emergency shelter and transitional housing, according to the Department of Commerce’s 2022 one-night “Point in Time” count. That’s likely an undercount of homelessness in the state. Read story

More than three months after a fire at Fox Pointe apartments, resident Wilma Pomeroy's one-bedroom unit still has no electricity or hot water. Plywood was put over her front door after firefighters kicked it in.

Low-income residents of Fox Pointe Apartments in Vancouver left without housing options after fire

More than three months after a fire at Fox Pointe apartments, resident Wilma Pomeroy's one-bedroom unit still has no electricity or hot water. Plywood was put over her front door after firefighters kicked it in.

February 2, 2023, 6:01am Business

In late October, Wilma Pomeroy was gearing up for a Friday night doing laundry at Fox Pointe apartments in Vancouver’s Bagley Downs neighborhood when another tenant set the building on fire. She grabbed a change of clothes, pajamas and her phone and got out as fast as she could. Read story

Angellina Ricker, 23, became homeless after aging out of the foster care system in Clark County. She now lives at a homeless encampment in downtown Vancouver in a tent she shares with her boyfriend.

‘Slipping through the cracks’: From foster care to homelessness

Angellina Ricker, 23, became homeless after aging out of the foster care system in Clark County. She now lives at a homeless encampment in downtown Vancouver in a tent she shares with her boyfriend.

January 29, 2023, 6:06am Clark County News

Angellina Ricker doesn’t know when she became so terrified of the world. She describes herself as a social butterfly as a little girl, the child who pulled on the pant leg of every adult around her at the grocery store. Read story