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Tents sit in an empty lot behind Vancouver City Hall. Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes declared a civic emergency on Friday in response to what the city describes as a "perfect storm" of increased criminal activity and drug use in camps and a growing disinterest among camp residents in getting help.

Vancouver declares civil emergency: ‘Homelessness … continues to threaten the lives of residents of the city of Vancouver’

Tents sit in an empty lot behind Vancouver City Hall. Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes declared a civic emergency on Friday in response to what the city describes as a "perfect storm" of increased criminal activity and drug use in camps and a growing disinterest among camp residents in getting help.

November 6, 2023, 5:45pm Clark County News

Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes has declared a civil emergency in response to growing homelessness in the city; rising criminal activity and drug use in camps; and a general disinterest among the unhoused population in getting help. Read story

Outsiders Inn Executive Director Adam Kravitz, right, and The Outpost's Stephanie Eddy examine the transitional housing community's garden at The Outpost Safe Stay Community in east Vancouver.

Voices of experience: Those who’ve lived on streets bring empathy to organizations helping Clark County’s homeless

Outsiders Inn Executive Director Adam Kravitz, right, and The Outpost's Stephanie Eddy examine the transitional housing community's garden at The Outpost Safe Stay Community in east Vancouver.

October 28, 2023, 6:14am Clark County News

Renee Stevens knows what it’s like to hit rock bottom. After a series of bad relationships and struggles with drug addiction, she returned to her home city of Vancouver with her three young daughters in 1999. But there was no home to return to this time. Read story

Tents and other shelters sit in a grassy field under light rain Monday on Esther Street.

Advocates’ goal: Keep the homeless (and their clothes) dry amid rainy season in Clark County

Tents and other shelters sit in a grassy field under light rain Monday on Esther Street.

October 21, 2023, 6:12am Clark County News

With people sequestered inside their tents, the camp in front of Vancouver City Hall was silent on Monday except for the sound of raindrops striking blue and black tarps. Read story

Marc Eichenbaum, special assistant to the mayor of Houston for homeless initiatives, speaks to a crowd Thursday about how Houston approaches solving homelessness during the Council for the Homeless "Gathering for Change" event at Kiggins Theatre in Vancouver.
A homeless encampment is pictured in northeast Vancouver.

Clark Asks: ‘Do homeless people actually want to get off the streets?’

A homeless encampment is pictured in northeast Vancouver.

October 20, 2023, 6:06am Clark County News

Experiencing homelessness isn’t easy. Read story

Marc Eichenbaum, a special assistant to the mayor for homeless initiatives in Houston, Texas

‘Gathering for Change’ event at Kiggins to highlight homeless solutions

Marc Eichenbaum, a special assistant to the mayor for homeless initiatives in Houston, Texas

October 17, 2023, 6:45pm Clark County News

Council for the Homeless invites community members to its “Gathering for Change: Solving Homelessness Together” event on Thursday at the Kiggins Theatre. The event will highlight solutions that alleviate homelessness. Read story

Blair Doering of Vancouver, left, lends a hand as environmental activists Becca Kempton and Monica Zazueta get a garden underway in September.

Activists plant seeds of change with victory garden at The Outpost in east Vancouver

Blair Doering of Vancouver, left, lends a hand as environmental activists Becca Kempton and Monica Zazueta get a garden underway in September.

October 16, 2023, 6:07am Clark County Life

Monica Zazueta’s fingers dipped into a fresh pile of soil and picked up a tiny seashell. Read story

Katie Vongthongthip, left, and Chance Newbill talk in the kitchen in their new apartment.

‘Housing is a life changer’: Vancouver couple who spent years living homeless find fresh start, hope in new home

Katie Vongthongthip, left, and Chance Newbill talk in the kitchen in their new apartment.

October 11, 2023, 6:04am Clark County News

The first morning waking up in their new apartment, Chance Newbill turned to his fiance, Katie Vongthongthip, and told her to soak in the silence. Read story

Outsiders Inn coordinates daily meal trains at the Outpost Safe Stay Community and St. Paul Shelter for people experiencing homelessness. Crystal Drake, client outreach specialist, talks with client Doc Kerr.

Vancouver to spend an extra $1.4 million for staffing at two Safe Stay Communities

Outsiders Inn coordinates daily meal trains at the Outpost Safe Stay Community and St. Paul Shelter for people experiencing homelessness. Crystal Drake, client outreach specialist, talks with client Doc Kerr.

September 29, 2023, 6:00am Clark County News

The Vancouver City Council agreed Monday to spend an extra $1.4 million on two Safe Stay Communities over the next year amid concerns of staff burnout and insufficient pay. Read story

J.P. Walmer enjoys his morning coffee in his tent outside Vancouver City Hall as construction at the nearby waterfront is visible in the background. Walmer has been homeless for about a month and is looking for a place he can afford. He said he sleeps on multiple air mattresses to make it easier for him to get out of bed.

Homeless population grays in Clark County as more seniors end up on the street

J.P. Walmer enjoys his morning coffee in his tent outside Vancouver City Hall as construction at the nearby waterfront is visible in the background. Walmer has been homeless for about a month and is looking for a place he can afford. He said he sleeps on multiple air mattresses to make it easier for him to get out of bed.

September 23, 2023, 6:14am Clark County Health

Chris Muntean, 70, feels lucky he had a heart attack. Read story