Molly Solomon, KQED Public Media

Molly Solomon

KQED Public Media

Oakland, CA, United States

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Past articles by Molly:

Reknitting the Safety Net: Help Pay the Rent

To many renters, a Section 8 housing voucher is seen as a "golden ticket," a federal subsidy that ensures only 30% of their income goes to rent. But actually using it is a struggle. We talk to renters and landlords about why. → Read More

Why Black Women Are More Likely to Face Eviction

While millions of Americans of all races have struggled to make rent during the pandemic, Black renters — particularly Black women — are more likely to face eviction. We examine why. → Read More


California Turned Pandemic Rentals Into Permanent Housing For Homeless People

California leased hotel rooms for unhoused residents during the pandemic to move them out of crowded shelters. Then it bought some of those hotels to create long-term homes for them. → Read More

How Moms 4 Housing Changed Laws and Inspired a Movement

After a group of homeless mothers occupied a home in West Oakland to protest the Bay Area's high housing costs, they won a lot more than the deed to the house. → Read More

Bay Area Housing Post-Pandemic: What’s in Store?

Rents are expected to go down, but home prices may stay high. Low-income earners will be hit the hardest, while those with the deepest pockets are likely to come out of sheltering in place unscathed. → Read More

Judge Orders Homeless Mothers to Leave Oakland Home

An Alameda County Superior Court judge on Friday ruled against a member of Moms 4 Housing who moved into an empty West Oakland home in November, and directed sheriffs officials to enforce an eviction within five days. → Read More


Vancouver Police Officer Cleared In February Shooting Of 16 Year-Old

The Clark County prosecuting attorney’s office said Officer Roger Evans “acted lawfully” when he shot Clayton Joseph outside an apartment complex on the night of Feb. 19, 2019. → Read More


Rare Corpse Flower To Unleash Stench In Southwest Washington

The stinky flower is expected to bloom in the coming days, emitting a remarkable odor — but only briefly. → Read More


Clark County Votes To Lift Cannabis Ban

By a 3-2 vote, the Clark County Council lifted its moratorium on recreational marijuana, paving the way for cannabis production and sales in unincorporated areas, including Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek and Felida. → Read More


Clark County May Soon Lift Ban On Recreational Cannabis Sales

Clark County banned recreational cannabis sales in unincorporated parts of the county in 2014. The County Council, however, is on the verge of overturning that ban. → Read More


New Counts Show Major Homeless Population Spike In Southwest Washington

Annual homeless census results for Clark County released Friday suggest that homeless populations in southwest Washington grew considerably over the last year. → Read More


Suspect Identified In Killing Of SW Washington Officer

On Monday, investigators identified the man who shot and killed a Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office deputy as 33-year-old Brian Butts. → Read More


Hart Inquest: Phone Data Showed Searches For Drug Overdose, Drowning

On Thursday, witnesses in the coroner's inquest testified the Hart family incident appeared to be intentional. → Read More


Evergreen Public Schools Superintendent Facing Possible Resignation

Evergreen Public Schools Superintendent John Steach may soon be stepping down. At a special meeting Monday morning, the district’s Board of Directors announced it is negotiating a possible resignation. → Read More


Vancouver Fined $60,000 For 2017 Columbia River Sewage Spills

Washington state officials have fined the city of Vancouver $60,000 after nearly 600,000 gallons of sewage was released into the Columbia River in 2017. → Read More


Vancouver's New Homeless Day Center Set To Open Nov. 19

A new day center for the homeless is ready to open in Vancouver. The facility will serve as an access point to gain housing and receive basic services. → Read More


In Carolyn Long, Jaime Herrera Beutler Faces Her Biggest Challenge Yet

Across the country, 2018 is not a normal election year for Republicans. And in Washington state, Herrera Beutler is facing her first real challenge since she got elected. → Read More


Battle Ground Teachers Vote To Approve Salary Contract, End Strike

Battle Ground teachers voted overwhelmingly Sunday to approve a new salary contract, ending a 12-day strike. → Read More


Washington Judge Signs Injunction Ordering Battle Ground Teachers Back To School . News

A school district attorney says the strike is causing irreparable harm and claims 95 students have left the district because of the strike. → Read More


Teachers, Parents Express Frustrations At Battle Ground Board Meeting . News

As a teachers strike in Battle Ground enters its third week, hundreds of people filled a school board meeting to capacity Monday night. → Read More