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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

The Rogue River is seen on Friday, March 22, 2024, in Grants Pass, Ore. The rural city of Grants Pass in southern Oregon has become the unlikely face of the nation&#039;s homelessness crisis as its case over anti-camping laws goes to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case has broad implications for cities, including whether they can fine or jail people for camping in public.

Can homeless people be fined for sleeping outside? A rural Oregon city asks the U.S. Supreme Court

The Rogue River is seen on Friday, March 22, 2024, in Grants Pass, Ore. The rural city of Grants Pass in southern Oregon has become the unlikely face of the nation&#039;s homelessness crisis as its case over anti-camping laws goes to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case has broad implications for cities, including whether they can fine or jail people for camping in public.

April 14, 2024, 12:13pm Latest News

A pickleball game in this leafy Oregon community was suddenly interrupted one rainy weekend morning by the arrival of an ambulance. Paramedics rushed through the park toward a tent, one of dozens illegally erected by the town's hundreds of homeless people, then play resumed as though nothing had happened. 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

Paul Hunter has wounds on his leg consistent with those caused by xylazine, a veterinary tranquilizer. The presence of xylazine in Clark County&rsquo;s drug supply has almost doubled since November, according to Columbia River Mental Health.

‘Tranq’-laced fentanyl nearly doubles in Clark County and expert says it will only get worse

Paul Hunter has wounds on his leg consistent with those caused by xylazine, a veterinary tranquilizer. The presence of xylazine in Clark County&rsquo;s drug supply has almost doubled since November, according to Columbia River Mental Health.

April 12, 2024, 6:05am Clark County Health

Paul Hunter’s legs are rotting. The wounds along his calves, skin and ankles are eating away at his freckled flesh. Every time he takes his socks off, the wounds rip open again. Read story

Council for the Homeless outreach team members Magellan Rankin, left, and Nina Rengechy take part in Point-in-Time Count near Interstate 205 on Jan. 25. A form on Council for the Homeless&rsquo; website lets members of the public to report someone who needs an outreach team.

Council for the Homeless’ outreach request form helps identify homeless people in need of services

Council for the Homeless outreach team members Magellan Rankin, left, and Nina Rengechy take part in Point-in-Time Count near Interstate 205 on Jan. 25. A form on Council for the Homeless&rsquo; website lets members of the public to report someone who needs an outreach team.

April 11, 2024, 6:08am Clark County News

From an apartment window in Vancouver, someone noticed a woman, bloodied and broken-nosed, living on the street. Read story

Hope Village Program Manager Patrick Quinlan, right, leads a community meeting Tuesday at the Hope Village Safe Stay in Vancouver.

Hope Village Safe Stay gets a lifeline: Vancouver will provide wage increases, case manager

Hope Village Program Manager Patrick Quinlan, right, leads a community meeting Tuesday at the Hope Village Safe Stay in Vancouver.

April 10, 2024, 6:06am Clark County News

People are staying longer on average in the city of Vancouver’s four Safe Stay shelters, according to city staff. Read story

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on April 22 in a case about homeless ordinances that started with the regulations in Grants Pass that prevented sleeping in public areas. A makeshift campsite for people experiencing homelessness in downtown Salem on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024.

As Grants Pass case looms, Oregon advocates urge U.S. Supreme Court to protect homeless

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on April 22 in a case about homeless ordinances that started with the regulations in Grants Pass that prevented sleeping in public areas. A makeshift campsite for people experiencing homelessness in downtown Salem on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024.

April 10, 2024, 6:02am Northwest

Oregon advocates for marginalized communities are speaking out on behalf of the state’s homeless and downtrodden as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear a case that started in Grants Pass and could set parameters for how cities nationwide can deal with homeless camps. Read story

Ron Minarik, left, gets a hand with his groceries from volunteer John Dibella while shopping at Martha&rsquo;s Pantry on Wednesday morning. The pantry, which is hosted by the Metropolitan Community Church of the Gentle Shepherd, has been serving Vancouver since 1984 and is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

‘No judgment here’: Church known for Martha’s Pantry marks 40 years of service to LGBTQ+ individuals

Ron Minarik, left, gets a hand with his groceries from volunteer John Dibella while shopping at Martha&rsquo;s Pantry on Wednesday morning. The pantry, which is hosted by the Metropolitan Community Church of the Gentle Shepherd, has been serving Vancouver since 1984 and is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

April 1, 2024, 6:01am Churches & Religion

Metropolitan Community Church of the Gentle Shepherd is celebrating 40 years of creating a safe place of worship for the LGBTQ+ community. Read story

Kigen Windey, 16, left, and Kaesohn Prom, 18, stand for a portrait at The Foundation&rsquo;s barbershop at The Foundation nonprofit in Vancouver.

Vancouver nonprofit offers a solid Foundation for those leaving prison, teens trying to avoid it

Kigen Windey, 16, left, and Kaesohn Prom, 18, stand for a portrait at The Foundation&rsquo;s barbershop at The Foundation nonprofit in Vancouver.

March 29, 2024, 6:04am Clark County News

When Lester Griffin was released from prison in 2017, a lot had changed in Vancouver over the nine years he was incarcerated. Had his city always been this busy, or had he grown too used to prison life? Read story

Jp Walmer washes dishes at his house in Vancouver. Walmer, 71, recently moved into housing after being homeless since August.

Formerly houseless Vancouver man finds a new home and a fresh start after leaving downtown Safe Stay

Jp Walmer washes dishes at his house in Vancouver. Walmer, 71, recently moved into housing after being homeless since August.

March 29, 2024, 6:03am Clark County News

You may have seen Jp Walmer’s name a few times in The Columbian over the past year. Columbian reporters met him on his first day of homelessness when it was 103 degrees Aug. 14 in Vancouver. We were also there for his last day of homelessness. Read story