unhoused Archives - Salish Current

Winter shelters help the unhoused while reckoning with capacity limits

January 10, 2024
Matt Benoit

After a mild December, winter conditions are in store for Whatcom County into the weekend. For those experiencing homelessness, these conditions can be a matter of life and death if they cannot find space at the county’s few winter shelters.

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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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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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‘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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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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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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photo: Amy Nelson © 2020

Law and order, alternatives to jail: Bellingham compiles a wide-ranging priorities wish list for new police chief

May 13, 2021
Stella Harvey

As Bellingham’s search for a new police chief moves forward, the community has weighed in on what priorities should be under new leadership: some say law and order should top the list, others say it’s time to reimagine policing.

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