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Xavier Lopez of Miracle Man Movers transports a piece of furniture from a container to his truck while moving a customer to Vancouver in March 2023. Application and other fees can make moving costly for renters.

Fees, deposits barriers for renters in Clark County

Xavier Lopez of Miracle Man Movers transports a piece of furniture from a container to his truck while moving a customer to Vancouver in March 2023. Application and other fees can make moving costly for renters.

March 4, 2024, 6:05am Business

Sara Oberrecht has a quiet apartment in Battle Ground and a full-time job at Legacy Health working from home. But all that could be gone by Tuesday. Read story

Tents line the sidewalk outside of Share House in October in Vancouver.

City forgives $15,000 of loan Share Vancouver stopped paying on in 2010

Tents line the sidewalk outside of Share House in October in Vancouver.

February 27, 2024, 2:18pm Clark County News

The Vancouver City Council on Monday forgave $15,000 of a $25,000 loan that homeless organization Share received in 1999. Still, some councilors voiced concerns about why Share stopped making payments on the loan in 2010. Read story

A worker at West Vancouver Materials Recovery Center tosses a used soda bottle while sorting through recycled materials Tuesday morning collected by Waste Connections. While some looking for extra income search through people&rsquo;s recycling bins for cans, officials at Waste Connections say that constitutes theft.

Can collectors’ rummaging rankles Clark County residents

A worker at West Vancouver Materials Recovery Center tosses a used soda bottle while sorting through recycled materials Tuesday morning collected by Waste Connections. While some looking for extra income search through people&rsquo;s recycling bins for cans, officials at Waste Connections say that constitutes theft.

February 21, 2024, 6:07am Business

Each week, when residents put out their trash and recycling bins, some people see the discarded aluminum cans inside as an opportunity to make an extra buck. Read story

Built as a visitor information center and rest stop in the early 1980s, this restroom building and parking area along Interstate 5 near Clark College has been closed since 1995.

Homeless Crisis: Rep. Paul Harris’ bill to use vacant state land for shelter doesn’t pass but prompts talks

Built as a visitor information center and rest stop in the early 1980s, this restroom building and parking area along Interstate 5 near Clark College has been closed since 1995.

February 20, 2024, 6:07am Clark County News

The city of Vancouver has big plans to solve its homeless crisis — a 150-bed “bridge shelter,” a second Safe Park and a fifth Safe Stay. But those plans may be too big for Vancouver’s dwindling available public land. Read story

Cheri Rhodes, gray beanie, joins Mike Moises, white glasses, and other members of their street family as a small fire provides a little warmth in the pouring rain at their downtown Vancouver encampment on a recent afternoon.

Street family gains support network, safety: ‘We all look out for each other’

Cheri Rhodes, gray beanie, joins Mike Moises, white glasses, and other members of their street family as a small fire provides a little warmth in the pouring rain at their downtown Vancouver encampment on a recent afternoon.

February 17, 2024, 6:04am Clark County News

Mike Moises sat around a fire with his family. They sank forks into a round, white cake. Read story

Pocket Guides to living on the streets of Vancouver sit fanned out. The books, which Lois Smith began handing out in 2017, provide tips and key resource contact information for those living outside.

Weather-proof, pocket-sized guides link homeless people in Clark County with important resources

Pocket Guides to living on the streets of Vancouver sit fanned out. The books, which Lois Smith began handing out in 2017, provide tips and key resource contact information for those living outside.

February 7, 2024, 6:08am Clark County News

On Valentine’s Day in 2017, an idea struck Lois Smith as she drove home from a volunteer shift with Friends of the Carpenter. Read story

Employees at Express Cleaners across the street from downtown Vancouver's pallet-shelter community said it hasn't affected their business at all.

Vancouver’s third Safe Stay ‘right exactly what we expected — calm and quiet and stable’

Employees at Express Cleaners across the street from downtown Vancouver's pallet-shelter community said it hasn't affected their business at all.

February 6, 2024, 6:15am Clark County News

Neighbors of Vancouver’s third Safe Stay — known as 415 West for its address on 11th Street downtown — had concerns about how the opening of the transitional housing community in November would affect their businesses. Two months later, owners and employees say the community is generally quiet and residents… Read story

Community members, social service providers and people who have been homeless prepare to leave Vancouver for Olympia to advocate for rent stabilization Tuesday for Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day. The advocates &mdash; as young as 9 and as old as 77 &mdash; donned red sweatshirts and packed into the bus before dawn.

Dozens of Clark County residents travel to Olympia to urge legislators to back rent stabilization

Community members, social service providers and people who have been homeless prepare to leave Vancouver for Olympia to advocate for rent stabilization Tuesday for Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day. The advocates &mdash; as young as 9 and as old as 77 &mdash; donned red sweatshirts and packed into the bus before dawn.

January 30, 2024, 7:04pm Clark County News

Ninety Clark County residents rode to the Capitol for Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day on Tuesday to implore their state legislators to vote for bills that would slow rent increases and pay for affordable housing and homelessness services. Read story

Clark County, Vancouver gain $2.3 million for housing

January 30, 2024, 5:55am Clark County News

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded more than $2.3 million in funds to Clark County and Vancouver for Continuum of Care programs, which are efforts by local governments and nonprofits to house people experiencing homelessness and keep them housed long term. Read story

Demetrius Coles (Contributed by Linda Peter)

‘He deserves a funeral’: Demetrius Coles’ burned body was found on a Vancouver sidewalk

Demetrius Coles (Contributed by Linda Peter)

January 27, 2024, 6:14am Clark County Health

Flames engulfed a dead man’s body on the sidewalk at West Ninth and Columbia streets in Vancouver five days before Christmas. Read story