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  • Counting the Forgotten
  • Counting the Forgotten

    In the coldest season, a new way to find those without a roof.
      But after promises of a place to stay with friends fell through, thatâeuro;™s where Hunt, 41, finds himself, in a lot near Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he wards off the cold with piles of sleeping bags. He didnâeuro;™t like the atmosphere of the emergency shelter he tried.
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  • Emptying Beds
  • Emptying Beds

    Washingtonians reliant on disability money are getting a shock as the state cuts budgets and ends a program.
      Corey Patnaud is one of the lucky ones. He doesn’t worry about freezing, because he sleeps indoors. He passes his time cleaning the shelter he lives in. He has a caseworker to work with him on
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  • Shelter Squabble
  • Shelter Squabble

    Trying to move the homeless away from their homes, some Coeur d'Alene residents are taking the fight to City Hall.
      “I feel bad for them, but they need to clean up and look for a job, I guess,” says Barbara Whitaker, a neighbor who lives directly behind the shelter. In June, she circulated a petition to have the shelter move, collecting about 60 signatures and 25 testimonials.
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  • Free Fall
  • Free Fall

    How the safety net for the homeless in Spokane is being destroyed.
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  • Robots and Rate Hikes
  • Robots and Rate Hikes

    A candidate aims for the geek demographic. Plus, Avista wants more.
      Not sure what that means, but Waite will need all the help he can get. His previous political campaigns have always come up short. He recently moved downtown — almost right above his store — and is running in a new district, District 1 in northeast Spokane.
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  • Crossing the Bridge
  • Crossing the Bridge

    These young runners are homeless. But they won't be left out of the race.
      They´ve slept under Spokane’s bridges and now, sitting in the downtown offices of Cup of Cool Water, a youth ministry, Zachariah Chavez and Chireé Sizemore debate the relative residential advantages of the Monroe Street Bridge versus the one over Maple Street.
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  • The Power of Soup
  • The Power of Soup

    How pumpkin bisque is fighting homelessness in North Idaho.
      Remember the line in an old camp song, “Please check your razors and your chewing gum at the door”? Well, it’s Christmas week and I’m checking my politics and pointed remarks at the door, to write instead about a heartwarming effort spearheaded by St.
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  • Lights Out
  • Lights Out

    Winter’s the worst time to have your power shut off - but it’s also when it’s most likely to happen.
      It’s cold outside. Bone-chilling, hand-numbing, breath-freezingly cold. And for Spokane resident Michael Gray, it was about to get that cold inside as well. Gray couldn’t pay his power bil
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  • Homeless Rising
  • Homeless Rising

    A grim economy means 'a whole new world' on the streets.
      The state’s enormous budget shortfall, projected at $4.5 billion and growing, has led to cutbacks in the minimum general assistance from $339 a month to $258. This will only put more people on the street, Peeler suspects. “We have a hard time finding housing now for people who are in that category.
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  • Pot, Tents and a Moose
  • Pot, Tents and a Moose

    A proposed tent city for the homeless; plus, a TV reporter chases a moose.
      TENT CITY REVIVAL?Doc and Becky, two people familiar with life on the streets of Spokane, made a stop by City Hall Monday during the City Council meeting to propose a return of a tent city for the hom
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  • Hidden in Plain Sight
  • Hidden in Plain Sight

      As mansions give way to modest houses and then to apartment complexes, a patch of wildland sits within the roar of I-90 on the downslope of Spokane’s South Hill.
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  • Another Big Rise

      Some homeless teens are kicked out for being argumentative. Some have parents with addictions. Some are beaten, raped and berated until they leave. But some kids are on the streets because of the people with whom they want to have sex. I
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