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Patrick Quinlan, from left, and Linda Karschney of Living Hope Church chat with Mandi Holper as she settles in for the evening with her dog, Baby, at a temporary homeless encampment outside the church on May 5.

Vancouver-sanctioned homeless camp granted extension

Patrick Quinlan, from left, and Linda Karschney of Living Hope Church chat with Mandi Holper as she settles in for the evening with her dog, Baby, at a temporary homeless encampment outside the church on May 5.

July 5, 2020, 6:00am Clark County News

Vancouver’s first sanctioned homeless camp, a temporary tent encampment at Living Hope Church, will remain open through the end of July. Read story

The Safe Parking Zone program has been moved from the Vancouver Mall to Evergreen Transit Center. The free program is designed for people living out of their vehicles who need a place to shelter-in-place during COVID-19.

Vancouver Safe Parking Zone program moves to C-Tran’s Evergreen Transit Center

The Safe Parking Zone program has been moved from the Vancouver Mall to Evergreen Transit Center. The free program is designed for people living out of their vehicles who need a place to shelter-in-place during COVID-19.

June 16, 2020, 6:13pm Clark County News

The Forman family’s refurbished yellow school bus is hard to miss. Read story

Tyler Taplin, left, and Chad Calhoun make their beds inside the Winter Hospitality Overflow Shelter at St. Paul Lutheran Church in December. Nearly 11,000 safe sleeps occurred at St. Paul or St. Andrew Lutheran Church last winter.

In Clark County, coronavirus pandemic shows that ‘housing is health care’

Tyler Taplin, left, and Chad Calhoun make their beds inside the Winter Hospitality Overflow Shelter at St. Paul Lutheran Church in December. Nearly 11,000 safe sleeps occurred at St. Paul or St. Andrew Lutheran Church last winter.

May 24, 2020, 6:00am Clark County Health

In a way, it’s still winter — at least when it comes to the seasonal shelter system. Some wintertime shelter facilities in Clark County remain open due to COVID-19. The Winter Hospitality Overflow shelter serving families at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Orchards is open but at reduced capacity to… Read story

Linda Karschney volunteers Tuesday evening at the temporary homeless encampment outside Living Hope Church. Karschney is among several helpers from the congregation providing shelter, showers, snacks and restrooms to people without homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Living Hope giving shelter at Vancouver’s first sanctioned homeless camp

Linda Karschney volunteers Tuesday evening at the temporary homeless encampment outside Living Hope Church. Karschney is among several helpers from the congregation providing shelter, showers, snacks and restrooms to people without homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 7, 2020, 6:00am Churches & Religion

A new temporary camp next to Living Hope Church intended to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus is also Vancouver’s first sanctioned homeless camp. Read story

Clients at the Vancouver Navigation Center practice social distancing as they wait in line to take part in the limited services available Tuesday. For two hours, participants were able to pick up their mail, get water and use the toilets.

Safe-park program at Vancouver Mall shuts down

Clients at the Vancouver Navigation Center practice social distancing as they wait in line to take part in the limited services available Tuesday. For two hours, participants were able to pick up their mail, get water and use the toilets.

May 5, 2020, 5:50pm Clark County News

An encampment at the Vancouver Mall parking lot designed for people living out of their vehicles is shutting down, effective today. Read story

Portable toilets and hand-washing stations are available for the homeless in the empty parking lot at Vancouver Mall on Tuesday. A safe-parking zone will open Thursday for people living in their cars.

Vancouver Mall parking lot clears 40-space camp for homeless

Portable toilets and hand-washing stations are available for the homeless in the empty parking lot at Vancouver Mall on Tuesday. A safe-parking zone will open Thursday for people living in their cars.

April 1, 2020, 5:49pm Clark County News

A portion of the Vancouver Mall parking lot has been set up as a zone for people living in their cars, in an effort to encourage shelter-in-place protocols during the coronavirus pandemic even among those without homes. Read story

Signs outside the Vancouver Navigation Center on in March 2020 notify visitors of the closure due to COVID-19 concerns.

Navigation Center in Vancouver providing some services

Signs outside the Vancouver Navigation Center on in March 2020 notify visitors of the closure due to COVID-19 concerns.

March 27, 2020, 6:04am Clark County News

The Navigation Center, which usually provides people without homes some basic services during the day, remains closed during the COVID-19 crisis. However, some services are operating out of the parking lot, although at a limited capacity during scaled-back hours. Read story

People form a line outside the Vancouver Navigation Center as they wait for their turn to come inside on Wednesday. Only 50 people at a time were allowed inside, an attempt to create more space between clients because of COVID-19 concerns.

Vancouver Navigation Center alerts homeless it will close indefinitely due to virus

People form a line outside the Vancouver Navigation Center as they wait for their turn to come inside on Wednesday. Only 50 people at a time were allowed inside, an attempt to create more space between clients because of COVID-19 concerns.

March 18, 2020, 7:16pm Clark County News

The Navigation Center is closing indefinitely Thursday, leaving many in Vancouver’s homeless population wondering where they can turn to access crucial daily services. Read story

An RV is parked outside the entrance of the Hazel Dell RV Park in 2019.

Clark County limits RV parking on public roads

An RV is parked outside the entrance of the Hazel Dell RV Park in 2019.

March 11, 2020, 6:05am Clark County News

Clark County has adopted a series of parking restrictions aimed at reducing the number of recreational vehicles used as living spaces on public roads. Read story

Alysia Meness of Vancouver chats with veterinarian Dr. Lauren Overman as Jalissa, her 7-year-old Chihuahua mix, is examined by a team from the Humane Society for Southwest Washington at the Open House Ministries free pet clinic Thursday in downtown Vancouver.

Groups partner to offer pet care at Open House Ministries in Vancouver

Alysia Meness of Vancouver chats with veterinarian Dr. Lauren Overman as Jalissa, her 7-year-old Chihuahua mix, is examined by a team from the Humane Society for Southwest Washington at the Open House Ministries free pet clinic Thursday in downtown Vancouver.

February 27, 2020, 4:51pm Clark County News

Cats and dogs without homes received free veterinary care Thursday during a pet wellness clinic at Open House Ministries. The faith-based homeless shelter provider partnered with WellHaven Pet Health and the Humane Society for Southwest Washington to offer the service. Read story