homelessness 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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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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Who will solve the problems of downtown Bellingham?

September 15, 2023
Matt Benoit

Downtown businesses and civic leaders address downtown Bellingham’s problems of crime and safety.

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Does military service influence the veteran vote?

July 28, 2023
Kai Uyehara

Military veterans have served their country and reintegrated into civilian life. When it comes to local elections, do they vote?

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Four of six Whatcom executive candidates respond in forum

July 14, 2023
Salish Current Editorial Staff

Responses in a candidates forum from four (of six) vying for Whatcom County Executive sketched out four differing perspectives on how to serve.

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Paradox of passion, apathy impacts young voter turnout

June 23, 2023
Kai Uyehara

Younger voters care deeply about renter protections, homelessness, social justice and racism — but will they go to the polls to make their voices heard in this year’s election?

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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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Ice jams, snow melt, king tide combine in Marietta flood deluge

January 13, 2023
Kai Uyehara

A small community along Marine Drive living mostly in RVs has braved seasonal inundation, ready to move at a moment’s notice — until caught by surprise.

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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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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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Fact-checking what’s being said around Whatcom’s Proposition 5

October 21, 2022
Kai Uyehara

Whatcom voters will decide Nov. 8 on the Healthy Children’s Initiative, a property tax measure to fund child care and early-learning programs.

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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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