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Over the past decade, Seattle and King County have seen a big spike in the number of people experiencing homelessness.

A new report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development shows an increase in homelessness nationwide for the first time since 2010. The report suggests the increase is due to surging homeless populations on the West Coast.

Former Washington governor Mike Lowry, an unapologetic liberal who advocated for higher taxes and social programs, died Monday from complications related to a stroke. He was 78.

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Homeless people would be allowed to camp in more places around Seattle, under a new plan from Mayor Ed Murray. The mayor sent his latest policy proposal to the city council Friday night.

In 2005, Washington state set a goal: Cut homelessness statewide by 50 percent by 2015. Ten years later the results are in and they’re far short of the target. Homelessness was reduced by only 22.5 percent statewide.

More than 35,000 public school students in Washington were homeless last school year - according to new figures released Tuesday.

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Mayors from five West Coast cities announced a new alliance Thursday. The leaders of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, and Eugene say they will collaborate on issues including climate change and reducing homelessness.

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The national organization that brought the case against the City of Boise over its homeless laws is considering its next move. This week, a U.S. District judge dismissed the 2009 case on the grounds that the plaintiffs don’t have standing to bring the lawsuit against the city.