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CAST is a hidden gem needing help, to help

December 11, 2023
John Dunne

Commentary: Starting in 1999, CAST volunteers have been feeding the unhoused and food-insecure four days a week in downtown Bellingham.

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School districts confront mental health crisis

November 2, 2023
Aria Nguyen
Funding, additional mental health counselors and the potential for telehealth services are elements of the county-district partnership in ensuring youth are living safe and healthy lives.
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Homeless by choice

May 26, 2023
John Dunne

Commentary: Bobby Joe, the Singing Hillbilly, has stories, songs and jewelry to share.

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Can we prevent homelessness?

March 31, 2023
John Dunne

Commentary: There are many reasons people become homeless — can it be prevented? Unequivocally, yes, says one close observer. Housing and income play into the complex causes.

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An unfortunate change of plans

March 15, 2023
John Dunne

Commentary: Jo Ann, who with her dog, Mouse, moved from her RV to a tiny-home village, suffered a massive stroke which paralyzed her entire left side.

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Hope has arrived

December 14, 2022
John Dunne

Commentary: Constant worries about being attacked or robbed are in the past for a woman who has found housing — for now — in a tiny home village.

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A most interesting job

November 22, 2022
John Dunne

Commentary: Meet Sandy Hart, who may have one of the most interesting jobs in Bellingham.

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Review: Geography, zoning, economy play into the ‘why’ of homelessness

October 5, 2022
John Dunne

Review: Homelessness has stubbornly resisted efforts of cities and nonprofits to find solutions; a new book analyzes the reasons why.

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Got something to say about homelessness? Write it down, send it in

September 1, 2022
Salish Current Editorial Staff

Salish Current and the Rotary Club of Bellingham want to hear your thoughts on homelessness — a reality for the well over 1,200 people in our area who lack housing.

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Some progress but gaps remain in mental health care for Whatcom adolescents

August 24, 2022
Matt Benoit

Summer services in the Bellingham and Nooksack Valley school districts aimed to fill gaps with a new option this year: mental health therapy.

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A twisted path to homelessness

July 6, 2022
John Dunne

A community resident finds herself without long-term housing after a downward spiral into homelessness.

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Hope on the horizon

June 2, 2022
John Dunne

Despite a difficult start to a difficult life, a woman in her 60s looks forward to finding housing — and reconnecting with family.

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Who are the homeless?

May 11, 2022
John Dunne

Our concept of the “deserving poor” needs to expand past attitudes mirroring 17th and 18th century mores that drive today’s ambivalent response to homelessness.

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A second chance

March 31, 2022
John Dunne

Sharing the story: A rough road from abuse during an upper-middle-class childhood to an adult life of “camping out,” estrangement from loved ones and time in prison have led one man to the Light House Mission, a new sense of purpose and a better time of life.

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