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The real victims of homelessness

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia

Mat Chapin, Columnist

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 the homelessness epidemic? Absolutely not.   There is a deeply disturbing rhetoric surrounding homelessness i...

Fostering a Discussion

Illustration by Cat Burch

India Flinchum, Columnist

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. Out of those 400,000 individuals, approximately 20,000 will age out of the system without any family...

City Council Candidates Address Housing Issues

Candidate Marilee McQuarrie. Photo by Taj Howe

Kate Grumbles, News Editor

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 public forums. For each of the three open seats, there are two candidates left running after a primary...

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

Nick Maahs, Staff Reporter

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 on his hunger as they fall into a sizzling pool of crisco. A panorama of the camp. On right, at...

Homelessness in the 509

Homelessness in the 509

Nick Maahs, Staff Reporter

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 Road Homeless Campground, sleeping in tents. The refuge was established in August of last year on c...

Walla Walla Holds Voices of Youth Count

Andy Monserud, Investigative Director

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

Sara Platnick

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 Walla Alliance for theHomeless failed to consult with existing officials and agencies working on...

Madison Park Center Exposes Divisions in Approaches to Homelessness

Madison Park Center Exposes Divisions in Approaches to Homelessness

Andy Monserud, News Writer

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

Natalie Berg

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 interviews with former inmates, Senior Lecturer of Philosophy and General Studies Mitch Clearfield ...

Homelessness Activists Address Cold Weather

Homelessness Activists Address Cold Weather

Andy Monserud

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 Church on Palouse Avenue into an emergency warming center for the city's homeless. ...

Numbers in the news

Shelly Le

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 of homeless persons nationwide who are children under the age of 18. 300,000 Nu...

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