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The real victims of homelessness

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia
October 9, 2019

People don't like seeing homelessness.  It makes them uncomfortable. It makes them feel unsafe. It lowers the value of their waterfront properties.  Does this make the middle class the true victims of...

Fostering a Discussion

Illustration by Cat Burch
October 25, 2017

Once a foster child turns 18 years old, they no longer qualify for placement in foster homes and often wind up in the street. At the moment, around 400,000 youth are in foster care in the United States....

City Council Candidates Address Housing Issues

Candidate Marilee McQuarrie. Photo by Taj Howe
October 19, 2017

This Friday, Oct. 20, ballots go out for the election of three city council seats in Walla Walla county. The six candidates running for these seats have been reaching out to the community through various...

Getting off the road: residents of the Walla Walla homeless encampment spread positivity

Getting off the road: residents of the Walla Walla homeless encampment spread positivity
March 2, 2017

Inside the “Getting Off the Road Homeless” Campground, campers are gathered around their fires as the sun slips below the horizon and the temperature drops. A man slices potatoes into a pan, remarking...

Homelessness in the 509

Homelessness in the 509
February 23, 2017

The Walla Walla homeless encampment sits atop a small plot of land cordoned off with chain link fence, wrapped in green tarp to provide privacy. Roughly 40-50 people currently live at the Getting Off the...

Walla Walla Holds Voices of Youth Count

September 8, 2016
Walla Walla is participating in a nationwide study of youth homelessness led by the University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall Center for Children. The study’s supporters, including some Whitman students and alumni, hope that it will give Walla Walla a greater insight into the needs of its homeless population and how those needs can be served.

STEP Women’s Shelter closing in December

STEP Women's Shelter closing in December
October 22, 2015
The STEP Women’s Shelter is closing down at the end of the year after serving the Walla Walla community for almost six years.

Letter to the Editor: Housing Alliance Consults With Community

September 30, 2015

To the Editor: In addition to legitimate differences of approach to the plight of increasing numbers of homeless in the Walla Walla area, it has often been claimed that those involved in the new Walla...

Madison Park Center Exposes Divisions in Approaches to Homelessness

Madison Park Center Exposes Divisions in Approaches to Homelessness
September 24, 2015
The Walla Walla Alliance for the Homeless expects to move forward with controversial plans to build a day center for Walla Walla’s homeless on Pine Street. Plans for the site, known as Madison Park, have angered some neighbors and received a lukewarm reception from others working to address homelessness in Walla Walla.

Pio Radio Hour Eight

February 15, 2015

Today on the Pio Radio Hour: -An update about the Divest Whitman campaign from Natalie Berg. Read her story here: -A story about the prison rehabilitation process and the STAR Project, featuring...

Homelessness Activists Address Cold Weather

Homelessness Activists Address Cold Weather
February 20, 2014

In the face of cold temperatures and heavy snowfall earlier this winter, homeless men and women in Walla Walla found themselves well cared for. Volunteers and community leaders converted the First Congregational...

Numbers in the news

February 9, 2012

671,888 Estimated number of people who experience homelessness in one given night. 1.6 million Estimated number of people nationwide who who use transitional housing or emergency shelters. 39 Percentage...

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