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

September 1, 2022
Salish Current editors

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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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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Risk of homelessness high for many in the San Juan Islands

March 18, 2022
Nancy DeVaux

Unhoused individuals and families live in every county in Washington. In San Juan County, the problem is compounded by low-paying jobs in the service industry — among the lowest wages in the state — as well as the high cost of housing and a shortage of affordable rentals.

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On the street and in the forum: tackling homelessness with meaningful solutions

November 12, 2021
Mallory Biggar

The complex and urgent problem of homelessness has been the focus of academics and policy makers as well as people with a firsthand knowledge of the experience, in two separate gatherings recently in Bellingham — and activists say that those most affected should be involved in creating solutions.

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The Gardenview Village tiny homes open avenues of hope for those experiencing homelessness

November 5, 2021
Lauren Gallup

Gardenview Village, a new community of tiny homes located off Lakeway Drive in Bellingham, will include 35 houses to serve unhoused members of the community when complete. The site already is providing homes to some residents since opening in mid-October.

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Election 2021: Addressing homelessness is priority for city, county candidates — and there’s agreement on how to do so

October 14, 2021
Lauren Gallup

Candidates for Bellingham city and Whatcom County councils share concern that there are not enough options for people living unhoused in the area, and incumbents and challengers both say they want to do more to address the housing crisis.

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Homelessness, fossil fuels, food deserts: primary candidates face the issues in Bellingham, Whatcom forums

July 30, 2021
Mike Sato

Candidates in the 2021 primary election for Bellingham city and Whatcom county council positions answered questions on topics from homelessness to fossil fuel in forums hosted by he League of Women Voters of Bellingham-Whatcom County.

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photo: Rowan Forsythe © 2021

Caught in a web of causes: homelessness hits harder than ever

April 16, 2021
Rowan Forsythe

The growing presence of unhoused individuals and their expanding footprint into residential neighborhoods has shocked and bewildered others in the community, while the urgency of the problem threatens to distract from understanding the underlying realities perpetuating this crisis.

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‘I was one of the lucky ones’

September 29, 2022
Jack Westford

Commentary: On the verge of homelessness at a crucial time, Jack Westford considers himself to be “one of the lucky ones.”

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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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From surviving to thriving — with help

August 17, 2022
Jodi Borrelli

A transformation from homeless heroin addict to thriving college graduate and co-occurring disorder specialist was made with help along the way.

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Local policing at recruitment crossroads

July 7, 2022
Kai Uyehara

Local police departments are adapting to staff and applicant shortages in ways as multifaceted as the reasons behind the trend. 

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Transformative power of uplifting diversity is at work in Whatcom

June 10, 2022
Mike Sato

Positive images of contributions made by BIPOC members of the community are needed to transform negative stereotypes, asserts the lead planner of an event designed to do just that.

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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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Affordable housing—however defined—is in short supply in Skagit County

March 24, 2022
Lauren Gallup
Everyone’s versions of “affordable” housing are in high demand—and short supply—in steadily growing Skagit County.
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Winter shelter solutions lag behind need as unhoused number continues to grow

February 3, 2022
Noah Harper

Whatcom County’s unhoused population has seen a steady rise over the past decade, making it hard to plan how to meet shelter and housing needs. But planning — a year or more in advance — is an important part of finding long-term solutions.

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