Housing Archives - Salish Current

Housing story leads to unexpected — and ‘healing’ — reunion

December 21, 2023
Matt Benoit

A formerly unhoused Bellingham man who was the subject of an October story on permanent housing recently reconnected with a daughter who’d spent three decades wondering where he was.

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Homeless student numbers trend up; agencies, school districts respond with support

November 17, 2023
Matt Benoit

Myriad reasons for youth homelessness include fleeing domestic violence, abuse and uncomfortable foster care situations as well as becoming a teenage parent or being estranged from family based on sexual orientation.

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The challenging path for the unhoused to permanent housing

October 25, 2023
Matt Benoit

Game-changing supportive relationships and availability of affordable housing help overcome challenges for the unhoused.

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Counties prepare winter shelter plans amid the homelessness crisis

October 18, 2023
Aria Nguyen

With winter approaching, counties are working with local organizations to address the needs of vulnerable community members.

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Moving in: new affordable neighborhood celebrates in Friday Harbor

June 9, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

A fourth neighborhood of permanently affordable homes in Friday Harbor has celebrated completion, as a 40-unit rental project is in the planning stages.

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Home Trust selected to build San Juan affordable housing

April 21, 2023
Kathryn Wheeler

Lack of transparency dooms Favor 34 private financing proposal.

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House-building is booming in Blaine

March 16, 2023
Kai Uyehara

Who’s building, who’s buying and who’s left out as construction takes off?

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Why choose to remain unhoused?

December 22, 2022
Kai Uyehara

The Lighthouse Mission Ministries’ Base Camp provides shelter, services and support for the houseless yet hundreds opt to shelter on their own. Why?

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By the numbers: wealth gap grows in the San Juan Islands

December 16, 2022
Kathryn Wheeler

A shortage of affordable housing, increasing affluence and tourism, and loss of island culture top lists of negative trends reported in the San Juan Islands.

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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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San Juans adopt island-by-island vacation rental cap

May 18, 2022
Nancy DeVaux

How much tourism is too much? San Juan County sets a cap on vacation rental permits.

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Funds secured for affordable housing on Port waterfront

April 28, 2022
Lauren Gallup

State funds have been secured for The Millworks, a multi-partner affordable housing project in Bellingham.

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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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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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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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