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HomesNOW! Not Later is an all-volunteer, privately funded group of people working to provide shelter for the homeless in Bellingham and Whatcom County. Our mission is to address basic human needs of homeless individuals and help them in the process of getting back on their feet. Click here to check out our Events.

A Call to Action

Jim Peterson, formerly homeless for
17 years, had a dream since 1993 to
start solving homelessness, one
person at a time. Jim never gave up on that dream,
Jim Peterson and Doug Gustafson
started HomesNOW! to finally
implement that dream.

The HomesNOW! Plan is simple,
Housing First, then help homeless individuals with finding support services such as mental counselling, job training, and drug/alcohol treatment as needed.

We are raising money for Winter Haven. A temporary encampment. Here are the plans.

We are also raising money for our Unity Village project. Here are the plans for Unity Village.

IF YOU WANT TO BECOME A REALITY, THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO HELP.

We are a 501c3 so your donations are tax deductible.

To donate, please visit our Donation page.

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HomesNOW! – News Feed

 

We tried to upload this to Facebook directly but errored out multiple times.

Whatcom County Council called an emergency council meeting to discuss opening up the Garden room at 322 N Commercial St, Bellingham, WA 98225. The decision to open up the building was approved. Since it was an emergency meeting, there was not a video record, but only audio. Enjoy.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRPAkUzMPZY

Link to Winter Haven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
#HomesNOWNotLater #HomesNOW #EndHomelessness #Bellingham #Whatcom
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Whatcom County Council called an emergency council meeting to discuss opening up the Garden room at 322 N Commercial St, Bellingham, WA 98225. The decision t...

HomesNow goes to Whatcom County - Emergency Shelter
HomesNOW speaks at Whatcom County Council. The council discusses funds used toward hotel vouchers and what actions are required to get people off the streets.

Link to Winter Haven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
#HomesNOWNotLater #HomesNOW #EndHomelessness #Bellingham #Whatcom
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A hard won victory for our house less community. 👊

1 week ago   ·  2
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Was this tonight (tuesday)? How can I stay up to date on City Council Meetings so that I can show up and support ya'll?

1 week ago   ·  1

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Listening to this discourse I do hope it's recognized and focused on, that many homeless people have social interactive challenges around respecting other people's property, so public prejudice is against them when considering whether to rent available spaces to them. If the local social agencies would offer classes/workshops REQUIRING anyone wanting to be considered for tenancy, to acquaint themselves with expectations for ALL/ANY renters as to comply with local acceptable behaviors~I SPEAK FROM SAD EXPERIENCE, WHICH IS WHY I HESITATE TO CONSIDER SOME PEOPLE AS PROSPECTIVE TENANTS ON/IN MY PROPERTY!

1 week ago

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What a joke! Jack Lauwse need to be FIRED.. to many "special interests" hes connected yo

1 week ago
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Incredible, compassionate, professional, passionate HomesNOW speakers...as always.

1 week ago   ·  1
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We are in a desperate situation. We need to raise about $3,000 to pay for 6 more days of motel rooms. We don't have enough funds to keep Winter Haven residents in motels after Thursday, but it is not safe for them to return to Winter Haven.

The freezing weather is going to continue for at least another week. During freezing weather, the porta potties can't get serviced and they are almost full. We have no running water at the moment.

Please donate what you can via PayPal. homesnow.org/donate/
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We are in a desperate situation. We need to raise about $3,000 to pay for 6 more days of motel rooms. We dont have enough funds to keep Winter Haven residents in motels after Thursday, but it is not safe for them to return to Winter Haven.

The freezing weather is going to continue for at least another week. During freezing weather, the porta potties cant get serviced and they are almost full. We have no running water at the moment. 

Please donate what you can via PayPal. https://homesnow.org/donate/

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I’ve got two empty heated rooms on my property. I can help maybe 6-10 people

1 week ago   ·  33

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Open the old Albertson's, turn on the heat....

1 week ago   ·  38

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Dear mayor tell the truth There are so many empty commercial buildings the city of Bellingham owns I do not understand why they just don't convert 1 into emergency center. there's one on Redwood Avenue that sitting empty for years just sitting there with lawn mowers in it right now Turn the power on fix it up a little bit and call it good..

1 week ago   ·  39

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So how many tax exempt churches are there in Bellingham?

1 week ago   ·  7
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The old south campus st. Joe’s/ former st. Luke’s hospital. It is sitting there empty. How about making it a homeless shelter. Men on one floor, women on another, families in another, mama’s and their children. It’s a real shame to see it just sitting empty when their are so many in dire straits.

1 week ago   ·  16

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Some of you guys are seriously hateful people. Thank you to HomesNow for trying to better the homeless problem.

1 week ago   ·  19

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How about a one way bus ticket out of town?

1 week ago   ·  14

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There are so many churches sitting empty, Jesus would want them to,open their doors to the needy......

1 week ago   ·  14

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Kmart, Albertsons, Sunset Movies, so many empty places

1 week ago   ·  9

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Can the hotel donate rooms?

1 week ago   ·  15

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We shared your post on Whatcom Breaking News.

1 week ago   ·  12
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Looks like they already have tents??

1 week ago

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Done

1 week ago   ·  5
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All these social programs.....really??? 8 think people are one paycheck from being out on the street.

1 week ago   ·  4
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Done!

1 week ago   ·  5
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Done

1 week ago   ·  5
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Where do I bring cash?

1 week ago   ·  4

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It sounds like from your earlier post the Mayor is planning another shelter immediately. This will be a huge relief for the WinterHaven folks, right? Won’t it take the pressure off of fundraising for hotels for you?

1 week ago   ·  4

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Isn’t it true if they are sober they could go to the mission?

1 week ago   ·  2

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Stop voting for those who wish to control the economy and micromanage everyone will bring back prosperity, less hardship, and more affordable homes. Cause and effect is real.

1 week ago   ·  2
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So winterhaven failed?

6 days ago

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Where do I bring cash tomorrow?

1 week ago   ·  1

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God bless you Abby Norton

1 week ago
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HomesNOW Speaks at Bellingham City Council Meeting - We Need Your Help!
For the last week, temperatures have been low. HomesNOW has been taking people who are out in the cold, by van to an emergency shelter we set up with a local church.

The city of Bellingham and the Lighthouse Mission Ministries put out statements to the public that there were available beds at the mission and the drop in center. But when we went to the drop in center, they were full to capacity and there were no beds. Here is the video of that:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhNHZRiBU1k

Multiple members of the community spoke up for the city to do more to help the homeless situation in Bellingham.

Link to Winter Haven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
#HomesNOWNotLater #HomesNOW #EndHomelessness #Bellingham #Whatcom
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Amy Glasser, you are so passionate. It's very true, not everyone is religious, and the mission and agape are religious based, as are a number of women and children shelters. It didn't make me uncomfortable, because my religion follows theirs, but I can imagine how trapped a person, such as Sarah Elisabeth Bede, would feel at a shelter like that. "PRETEND to be okay, or be homeless. Put up with it or be homeless. Try to avoid talking about it, or be homeless"... Let me tell you, it honestly sounds like being in an abusive relationship.

2 weeks ago   ·  7

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Imagine if the few folks from the mission who spoke tonight would have said they are sorry to those of us they can't help or turned away, and then asked the council to help us. Instead we got arrogance, tone policing, and accusations of brain washing! And once again, nothing, from the city.

2 weeks ago   ·  8
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Next time you end up with a van full of people to shelter, take them to Amy Glassers house. Since she's the only person doing anything to help. I'm sure she'd love to have a houseful of tweekers rethinking their life choices to hang out with!

1 week ago

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I agree with guy with dreads. The community pays high taxes, and for what? They specifically made a new tax to help the homeless, and people DIED this month! It's not the communities responsibility. I appreciate the business owner who said he'd donate financially, and volunteer. But it is NOT the communitys responsibility to make sure services are in place for those who can't afford or keep a home. The city needs to make adjustments, and they needed to be made in the spring.

2 weeks ago   ·  2
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I agree with Lynnette this needs to prepared in advanced better by city, county.

2 weeks ago   ·  2
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I'm overwhelmed!! 😥 Getting the wallet out 4 HomesNow. Not Later. Because I've heard too much Bull💩. And you know What, 💲 talks...bull💩walks.

1 week ago   ·  1
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Thanks Jim.

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Good job Sue Mingy!! Rachel!! The young trans woman!! Everyone. Does this make Homes Now Tiny Houses all the more wise?

2 weeks ago
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Oh Sarah Elisabeth Bede I cried with you 😪

2 weeks ago
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You should invite the bums from Seattle up here so you can claim a bigger crises and extort more money from the city.

1 week ago

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Levi Stidham Beth Hoppe-Stidham

1 week ago
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I want to download this but cant figure out the link.

1 week ago

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Do we know how much money has been raised by the homes now group? And how much money has been paid out for hotel rooms? I’m wondering if that money might’ve been spent better renting out a larger space rather than hotel rooms. I’m worried about donor fatigue. It seems if they rent out a larger space for the money they’ve received could’ve had a roof instead of a camp, and they wouldn’t of needed the city to do anything. It sounds like there is a problem finding enough volunteers and case management. Not to mention the problems with the typical rumor mill that happens.

2 weeks ago

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Thank you very much for posting last night’s City Council’s public testimony. Thanks to all for standing up and speaking up.

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I keep telling all of you to arm your selves with the facts about the grand solar minimum and planet x system..instead of talking about weather as if it's just some strange anomaly caused by human activity and just suddenly happened mysteriously..if u want to get ahead of this purposeful genocide then USE FACTS..THEY KNOW WHATS HAPPENNING WITH POLE SHIFT CONFRONT THEM WITH THE REAL DATA AND SEE HOW FAST SHIT FLIPS..or continue on with your libtarded reactionary bullshit pleading with the powers that be that simply dont give 2 fucks about your demonstrations..I NOTICE STILL YOU ALL HAVE ENOUGH TIME AND RESOURCES..TO BITCH WHINE..PAY YOUR PHONE AND NET BILLS..GROW UR OWN DOPE AND FILL YOUR LIVES AND HOMES WITH STUFF AND THINGS WHILE SAYING YOU CARE FOR THE HOMELESS..BUT WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT U ALL RUN HOME AND NONE OF YOU TAKES ANYONE HOME WITH YOU NOR DO YOU EVER ARM YOURSELVES WITH FACTS..AND WHEN REAL ACTIVISTS CONFRONT YOU WITH YOUR BLINDSPOTS YOU BLOCK IGNORE AND DISCREDIT THEM AS CRAZY ALL THE WHILE KISSING POLITICAL ASS AND PREACHING PEACE..GENOCIDE THROUGH OMISSION AND PRETTY PEACE WORDS IS STILL VIOLENCE AGAINST THE POOR..sick!!

2 weeks ago

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Nighttime temperatures are expected to stay in the low 20s and teens for the next several days. Our Winter Haven friends and other folks on the street need your help.

We have teams out at night looking for folks in distress and distributing hot water bottles, others are scrambling to find shelter for the next couple of nights, but more needs to be done.

mailchi.mp/ba170d314792/homeless-community-highlights-newsletter-inaugural-edition-281457

TO DONATE GO TO:
homesnow.org/donate

YOUR DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE
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Nighttime temperatures are expected to stay in the low 20s and teens for the next several days. Our Winter Haven friends and other folks on the street need your help.

We have teams out at night looking for folks in distress and distributing hot water bottles, others are scrambling to find shelter for the next couple of nights, but more needs to be done.

https://mailchi.mp/ba170d314792/homeless-community-highlights-newsletter-inaugural-edition-281457

TO DONATE GO TO:
https://homesnow.org/donate

YOUR DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE

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Sarah Anton

3 weeks ago   ·  1
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I will be dropping off cash today. Anyone know what else WinterHaven needs?

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Where can I donate some blankets?

1 week ago

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Having trouble donating w PayPal. Can I drop cash to the Winterhaven tomorrow?

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Can I drop off hand warmers somewhere?

2 weeks ago

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Voices of the Homeless - Liz
Lynnette interviews Liz, a resident of Winter Haven. Winter Haven is a temporary safe camping site for the local homeless community.

Link to Winter Haven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
#HomesNOWNotLater #HomesNOW #EndHomelessness #Bellingham #Whatcom
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Lovely, Liz. You even look different since your first days. So glad you found Winterhaven.

3 weeks ago   ·  2
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Hope you continue the great work to help many others in need!!! ♡♡♡

2 weeks ago
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Awesome!!! So glad Bellingham stepped up to help their citizens in need by providing safe shelter and resources at Winterhaven♡♡♡

2 weeks ago
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Voices of the Homeless - Susan
Lynnette Allen interviews Susan, a new resident of Winter Haven. Winter Haven is a temporary safe camping site for the local homeless community.

Link to Winter Haven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
#HomesNOWNotLater #HomesNOW #EndHomelessness #Bellingham #Whatcom
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Thank you for sharing your story! You inspired me to volunteer there this weekend! ♥️

3 weeks ago   ·  3

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Rachel Duval - Housed - HomesNOW
Lynnette Allen interviews Rachel Duval, a recent resident of Winter Haven. This interview was done just before Rachel moved into her new place.

Link to Winter Haven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
#HomesNOWNotLater #HomesNOW #EndHomelessness #Bellingham #Whatcom
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HomesNOW Goes to City Council - Winter Haven
Residents of Winter Haven speak at Bellingham city council about their experiences at Winter Haven and it's impact.

Link to Winter Haven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
#HomesNOWNotLater #HomesNOW #EndHomelessness #Bellingham #Whatcom
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This is so awesome...hope this will raise awareness and prompt others to look beyond the stigmatism of the homeless. None of us can save anyone but we can all help someone.

4 weeks ago
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Liz Vogeli

4 weeks ago
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HomesNOW - A Short Tour of Winter Haven
Lynnette Allen gives a short tour of the Winter Haven tent community. Winter Haven is a temporary safe camping site for the local homeless community.

Link to Winter Haven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
#HomesNOWNotLater #HomesNOW #EndHomelessness #Bellingham #Whatcom
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You rock Lynette!

4 weeks ago   ·  2
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Tyson - Voices of the Homeless
Annette Allen interviews Tyson, a resident of Winter Haven. Winter Haven is a temporary safe camping site for the local homeless community.

Link to Winter Haven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
#HomesNOWNotLater #HomesNOW #EndHomelessness #Bellingham #Whatcom
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Nice job Lynnette! It was informative to me.

3 weeks ago
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Saturday Morning Live - KGMI - Doug Gustafson - HomesNOW
Host Kris Halterman discusses the needs and plans for the “Homes Now,” nonprofit organization with Douglas Gustafson II. What is their mission statement; their goals; their needs to bring the dream of secure shelter for the homeless in Bellingham and Whatcom County.

Link to Winter Haven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
#HomesNOWNotLater #HomesNOW #EndHomelessness #Bellingham #Whatcom
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HomesNOW has compiled a demographics/analytics report on Winter Haven, asking residents various questions about their situation.

The following charts are from the questions answered by the residents. They will be updated as new residents join and old ones leave/find housing.

LINK TO FULL WINTER HAVEN ANALYTICS CHARTS:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Winter-Haven-Analytics-Charts.pdf
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HomesNOW has compiled a demographics/analytics report on Winter Haven, asking residents various questions about their situation.

The following charts are from the questions answered by the residents. They will be updated as new residents join and old ones leave/find housing.

LINK TO FULL WINTER HAVEN ANALYTICS CHARTS:
https://homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Winter-Haven-Analytics-Charts.pdf

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HomesNow. Not Later.PAGE 1:

1 month ago   ·  2

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How many residents involved in these stats?

1 month ago

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Residents response: Being Part of a Community, and being in a Safe Place, were the two largest reasons they gave for choosing to live at Winter Haven. That was followed with having access to bathroom, kitchen, shower.

1 month ago   ·  2
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Amazing. Thank you for sharing.

1 month ago   ·  1
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Thanks for this.

1 month ago   ·  1
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Great tracking!

1 month ago   ·  1
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Opportunity Council has a housing labs on Tuesdays from 10:00am-12:00 noon at 1111 Cornwall Ave.

The contact information is housinglab@oppco.org, (360)255-2091 ext. 136 and fax number is (360)255-2086.
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Which unfortunately doesn’t benefit everyone who needs a place...however, understanding this, give it a shot...

1 month ago

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HomesNow. Not Later. was live — attending an event.

Jim Peterson from HomesNow
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Amy - Voices of the Homeless
Winter Haven resident Amy is interviewed by Lynnette Allen for HomesNOW.

Link to Winter Haven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
#HomesNOWNotLater #HomesNOW #EndHomelessness #Bellingham #Whatcom
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Emmanuel - Voices of the Homeless
A resident of Winter Haven, Emmanuel is interviewed by Lynnette Allen.

Link to Winter Haven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
#HomesNOWNotLater #HomesNOW #EndHomelessness #Bellingham #Whatcom
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That is fantastic !! Thank you Lynnette Allen !! We’ll have to figure out a YouTube channel maybe ??

1 month ago

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Randy - Voices of the Homeless
A resident of Winter Haven, Randy is interviewed by Lynnette Allen.

Link to Winter Haven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
#HomesNOWNotLater #HomesNOW #EndHomelessness #Bellingham #Whatcom
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HomesNow. Not Later.Yeah Randy, what the fuck are you doing there? LOL Hi there. Just teasing from afar. I can't help myself.

1 month ago
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We are all just about one paycheck away from homelessness. Most Americans can relate to this. Thank you for sharing your story!

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Mike - Voices of the Homeless
Mike, a resident of Winter Haven, is interviewed by Lynnette Allen.

Link to Winter Haven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
#HomesNOWNotLater #HomesNOW #EndHomelessness #Bellingham #Whatcom
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Thanks for sharing this.

1 month ago   ·  1
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Also - please continue to do videos like this. It helps put a face to our homeless population and hopefully will decrease the stigma and help naysayers understand that the residents are HUMAN and deserve all of the opportunity as the next person.

1 month ago   ·  3
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Wisc <3 I'm glad to see you safe. First step out of homelessness in my opinion is having a roof over your head of some sort. Basic security. I wish you all of the best!

1 month ago
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Rachel - Voices of the Homeless
Lynnette Allen

Link to Winter Haven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
#HomesNOWNotLater #HomesNOW #EndHomelessness #Bellingham #Whatcom
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HomesNow. Not Later.And Lynnette of course.

1 month ago
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HomesNow. Not Later.Thanks Rachel.

1 month ago
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Josh - Voices of the Homeless
Lynnette Allen interviews Josh, a resident of Winter Haven.

Link to Winter Haven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
#HomesNOWNotLater #HomesNOW #EndHomelessness #Bellingham #Whatcom
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Residents of Winter Haven speak at Bellingham City Council on January 7th, 2019. Link to Winter Haven Project: homesnow.org/winter-haven/ General Planning document, similar to business plan: homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf Bellingham Municipal Code: www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/ Whatcom County Code: www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/ Website: HomesNOW.Org Facebook: facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ Twitter: twitter.com/homesnowbham GoFundMe (One Time Donations): gofundme.com/homesnow PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations): www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW Patreon (Monthly Donations): www.patreon.com/homesnow/ Hashtags: #HomesNOWNotLater #HomesNOW #EndHomelessness #Bellingham #Whatcom

City Council Regular Meeting - Winter Haven
Residents of Winter Haven speak at Bellingham City Council on January 7th, 2019.

Link to Winter Haven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
#HomesNOWNotLater #HomesNOW #EndHomelessness #Bellingham #Whatcom
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Bellingham Voices - 501- Winter Haven
Deb first talks with Richard Sepler, City of Bellingham Planning and Community Development Director, about homelessness in our community. Then they talk about Winter Haven, a new cold weather camp at City Hall.

Deb's second guest is Jim Peterson, president of HomesNOW! Not Later, the organization building and managing Winter Haven at City Hall. Jim talks about his experiences being homeless, and his life-long dream to house the homeless.

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HomesNow. Not Later.This was from a few days ago, nobody appealed Winter Haven.

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In this interview Mr sepler indicates that they are working on temporary shelters indoors, as well as safe parking areas ... I sure would like to hear more about that from the city NOW not later!

1 month ago   ·  4

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I shared with several friends, with Whatcom Real News, Whatcom Gardeners, Art & Culture News Stories, Birchwood Neighborhood, and asked if the Columbia and Sunnyland Neighborhood Associations would share the video.

1 month ago   ·  1
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Debbie! Back on camera! Nice Job Deb Slater

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Winter Haven Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - HomesNOW! - 01-05-2019
Winter Haven is officially open, at the parking lot of Bellingham City Hall (210 Lottie Street). Thank you to all the volunteers, members of the community, and the city for helping to make Winter Haven a reality.

Link to Winter Haven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
#HomesNOWNotLater #HomesNOW #EndHomelessness #Bellingham #Whatcom
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2 months ago   ·  1
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Homes Now rocks. Thank you for making this possible for the homeless. You deserve the highest praise possible

2 months ago   ·  1
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So awesome!!❤️

2 months ago   ·  1
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Lorell Tulle

2 months ago
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💙💙💙💚💚💚

2 months ago
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This is wonderful! <3

2 months ago
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A wonderful donor just gave me an 8 person tent. I think because it is a home, probably really for 4.
If you know a family or small group that needs this to stay alive this winter, please PM me.
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We could as ours leaks and is crushed

2 months ago

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HomesNOW - Volunteer Coordination Meeting - 12-15-2018
HomesNOW did a volunteer orientation meeting today. This is the meeting for those who want to volunteer but couldn't make it.

Link to Winter Haven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
#HomesNOWNotLater #HomesNOW
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HomesNow. Not Later.Thanks and JC, you look amazing.

2 months ago
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Community Food Co-opFacebook live tip: The person with the phone needs to up front by the speakers. Can’t zoom in on audio.

2 months ago
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I had to leave the meeting before the volunteer sign-ups went around. I cannot seem to find where to sign up online. Anyone have an easy tip, especially on signing up to volunteer with winter haven shifts and also possibly intakes... thanks!

2 months ago

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HomesNOW - Volunteer Coordination Meeting - 12-15-2018
HomesNOW - Volunteer Coordination Meeting - 12-15-2018. Markis's copy of the event:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uWZTFi4leM

We need a high quality camera. Here are the two cameras we've been looking at as the best quality "bang for buck".

$389 camera with 12x optical zoom and 60 frames per second
a.co/d/ipxoVby

$256 camera. Around the same quality but there's no optical zoom (real zoom).
a.co/d/4w6O1H9

Link to Winter Haven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
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HomesNow. Not Later.What??? I thought the residents would be doing security along with the security camera system set up?

2 months ago   ·  1

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Student photographers etc.

2 months ago

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Homes NOW is seeking a Volunteer Coordinator! I'm only standing in until we find one!! Data Analysis, Legal Admin, Social Media Marketing. All my projects are on hold. Lol (!)

2 months ago   ·  1
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Can you take the livestream from my phone and run it with your vid???

2 months ago

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Live stream paparazzi! Lol 😉

2 months ago
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Bummer!!

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HomesNow. Not Later. shared Community Food Co-op's post. ...

Please donate gently used or new warm coats and hoodies, and new socks. All items will be donated to HomesNow. Not Later. Collection boxes in all three Co-op locations through January 1. #coops4kindness

I just went by the Mission and they are using the Shower truck right now. ...

I am really sorry but I am not able to attend to the City Council meeting tonight. I am counting on you all to speak about how amazing Winterhaven will be for the residents, community and agencies that work with them. ...

HomesNow. Not Later. shared Yoga Northwest's post. ...

All regularly scheduled classes will be canceled on Thursday, Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving. ~Thanksgiving Fundraiser~ We will have a benefit class for HomesNow. Not Later. on Thursday, Nov. 22 with Ingela. 9 - 10:30 AM Suggested donation of $20 cash or check written to HomesNow. Not Later. Classes will resume as normal on Friday, Nov. 23. *except for Friday 8 AM Iyengar Flow which will resume Nov. 30.*

HomesNow. Not Later. updated their cover photo. ...

Got a nice logo going for Winter Haven. T-Shirts coming soon. ...

Got a nice logo going for Winter Haven. T-Shirts coming soon.

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HomesNow. Not Later.Just ordered my sweatshirt. Amy

3 months ago   ·  1
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Love your Winter Haven logo. I really like the designs for your Homes Now logo and this one. May I ask who your logo designer is who created those?

3 months ago

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I love it!!

3 months ago   ·  1
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Me likey!!

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Jim Speaks to Bellingham City Council - 11-06-2018
Jim speaks during public comment period with the Bellingham city council about our WinterHaven proposal.

Link to WinterHaven Project:
homesnow.org/winter-haven/

General Planning document, similar to business plan:
homesnow.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/HomesNOW-General-Plan.pdf

Bellingham Municipal Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/Bellingham/

Whatcom County Code:
www.codepublishing.com/WA/WhatcomCounty/

Website:
HomesNOW.Org

Facebook:
facebook.com/HomesNowNotLater

YouTube Channel:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsy8m39etRS5lrQLQ17rpQ

Twitter:
twitter.com/homesnowbham

GoFundMe (One Time Donations):
gofundme.com/homesnow

PayPal (alternate method of One Time and Monthly Donations):
www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BHU7QFJPDBDMW

Patreon (Monthly Donations):
www.patreon.com/homesnow/

Hashtags:
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As a social worker that works with the homeless from time to time I love this. Please keep up the great work. Bellingham needs all of you. 💙

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To all volunteers of the HomesNOW Summit

I have made a very difficult decision and that is to step down from all my lead responsibilities at HomesNOW for the foreseeable future. I will still be trying to keep my car filled with clothes/gear/essentials for those on the streets and will help on projects as my time allows. Instead I will be focusing on my family and some medical stuff coming up over the next few months.

Please send all questions about the Summit to Jim Peterson as he will be looking for someone to take on the coordination of the Summits starting immediately.

It has been an absolute pleasure to serve the community with you all for the past 15 months (except I missed September 2018). I would like to say we have made a huge amount of progress but we have not. I do think that with the work you all have done, we have saved some lives, helped some people get healthy and gotten some people housing. But we still have no real government support except words at this point.

I will definitely continue to go to city and county council meetings to remind them of their responsibilities to all the citizens of Whatcom County, not just those that have 4 walls and a roof.

I will also continue to shine light on the institutions that portray themselves as caring but in fact treat our houseless, mentally ill and addicted population like shit. That is you St Joseph Hospital, the local governmental agencies and businesses that are too selfish to see beyond the dollar signs.

Amy

And BTW we can thank the city for spending our tax dollars lining the side streets with huge boulders and putting up more no parking and 2 hour parking signs so people who are homeless cannot park or camp safely.
I am not going to stop shedding light on the inhumane practices our city spends money on to fuck up people who are already struggling.
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You have given and given of yourself, your time, your family life, probably your sanity at times, lol. But you're the best! Thank you!

4 months ago   ·  2
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Thank you for your advocacy, Amy!

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Thanks You for being: Mental Health Ombudsman, Summit Organizer Extraordinaire, Mobile Supply Wagon, Advocate/ Liaison. What else have I missed??!! No doubt you can use some time for yourself. I look forward to working with you in the future. Onward.

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Thank you so much for your unwavering advocacy for the homeless. I hope that you and your family will be able to surmont any obstacles the future holds for you. You have inspired me to do what little I can do to help others with your fierce advocacy for the homeless. Thank you, again.

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Thank you Amy.

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I didn't know you but I've been following. As a fellow human working to help people with mental illness - thank you for your advocacy! You're one fierce force. I wish you all the best.

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I still dont feel right in the inner area where they drew blood

4 months ago
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Im pretty sure the hospital used a used needle in me or something because i had serious bruising and days of shaky weakness in that arm that wasnt having problems before and now im having really bad circulation problems too but in my legs feet arms hands etc

4 months ago

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Uh-oh.

4 months ago
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Some Updates from HomesNOW! - Unity Village, Office, Sleep-out, Winterhaven
Hey this is Doug from HomesNOW. I wanted to make a short update video with some updates on what HomesNOW is working on and what is coming next.

We Wanted to thank all the volunteers who made it to the last Summit on Sunday the 20th. We had a lot of volunteers show up and it really made the difference. Thank you Amy Glasser for helping with managing the donated goods/supplies for donation, and thank you for driving forward with signing up volunteers. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped to distribute the clothing and supplies as well. Thank you Markis Dee and JC Mansfield for organizing and helping with the shower truck. Thank you JC Mansfield for getting our volunteer list and contacting new volunteers.

We wanted to thank all the volunteers who have worked with HomesNOW, new volunteers and those who have been with us from the start. We have multiple passionate volunteers and we appreciate their support. But also keep in mind if you are a volunteer that HomesNOW is a legal and official non-profit, but we do not operate the same as other non-profits. We are made up of 100% volunteers. None of us get paid. Sometimes it's easy to fall into a pattern where volunteering feels like a job with no pay. We don't want anybody to feel that way, and that's why we have as much as possible had the policy of decentralization, so that the load of doing everything is distributed between more people, so if one person can't volunteer, there's more than enough to share the load. We want volunteering to be fun and interesting. If you'd like to volunteer with HomesNOW, we have an application on our website. Also if you don't want to fill out our volunteer form, just show up at any of our events, also a link on the website.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped so far, we wouldn't be as far as we are now without you but please never feel obligated to help HomesNOW if there's a scheduling conflict or if you just want to take a break for a while. It's ok, nobody is indispensible, even Jim and myself. The leadership of HomesNOW wants to operate the organization in a decentralized fashion in which people pick up the work that they want to do, but not have to feel obligated to do it if they don't feel like it. If you think you can do something and you want to contribute, just do it, you don't need permission or hand-holding from us, use your best judgement call. But if there's something that we need to change or adapt to, then we'll do so. Jim and I have a vision of HomesNOW providing housing to those who need it most. That is the primary goal. All the other stuff such as the summits, the shower truck, the sleepout and everything else are secondary goals. The reason why these secondary goals have been done first rather than second is because we have not been able to secure land to build tiny homes, and we don't just want to sit on our hands. By accomplishing these secondary goals and remaining consistent, we show that we are serious and that we can handle larger goals in a professional manner in order to quickly and efficiently help homeless individuals. This isn't about Jim, this isn't about me, this is about helping those who need it most.

Some announcements about the office:

HomesNOW was considering closing our office on DuPont Street in order to save some money on monthly expenses. This is because we are committed to keeping our admin costs for this non-profit at 5% of total operations and we want all the money to go to helping homeless individuals directly, none of us get paid, and we are all volunteers. Office Space counts as admin costs however. But luckily we were able to keep the office open, thanks to Charlie Storrs for helping with paying rent for our office space. Also it seems that the office is moving to a new location on the waterfront. We'll have more details on that soon. We move to the new office December 1st.

Updates on Unity Village and the proposed Tiny Home community:

HomesNOW has a number of other projects that we are working on. The first is Unity Village. Unity Village is our proposed site at Northwest Avenue where we were planning to build about 20 tiny homes to help those who have some income (such as veterans benefits, Social Security, SSI, or low-income) but who are homeless.

The main barrier at this point to Unity Village is that in order to get a power pole to the location, it would cost around $50,000 to pay Puget Sound Energy to put up the pole. That pretty much blows the project out of budget for us for this particular location. We are ready to go with Unity Village as soon as we are able to secure the funds for that. If you know anybody that has $50,000 laying around, please let us know.

We have not stopped looking for a site though, we are just going to be seeking alternative sites which might be more within our price range (minus a very generous donor coming out of the woodwork). Most of the documentation that we've written for Unity Village is easily transferrable to another site (minus the schematics/blueprints of the site layout itself).

If you or anybody else you know of is willing to help us buy or use private land, we can also do it that way as well and would get us around having to work through the government. We'll keep you posted on any new details when we find a new site.

Updates on our Winterhaven proposal:

HomesNOW has also crafted a proposal for the city of Bellingham called Winterhaven. This would be a temporary tent encampment to help homeless individuals get through the winter, it would be in operation just through the winter if it goes through. Winterhaven would be drug and alcohol-free. There would be a fence and check-in/check-out station for those leaving or entering the camp (in accordance with the city and county ordinances around temporary encampments).

Friday, October 12th, Jim and I met with the Planning Director (Rick Sepler) and the chief of police, David Doll to discuss the prospects for setting up Winterhaven on city land. In the absence of a site offered to us, we decided to propose a specific location.

The site we proposed to the city was the parking lot of the baseball fields by civic field, in the Puget neighborhood (about a block up the street from where I live), this was the proposed site because those baseball fields are not used in the winter, there's a lot of parking and there are full bathrooms on site (minus the showers, but we have that covered with the shower truck).

The city told us that we could apply for a site, but that we shouldn't propose any specific sites, that they would look for a site, but that we shouldn't submit a specific site. We turned in the non-specific site application shortly after the meeting. Jim and I are meeting with the city again this Friday to discuss the proposal and to hear what the city has to offer in terms of barriers or progress.

HomesNOW has a handbook of policies for any temporary tiny home encampment or tent encampment. The handbook and all the proposed plans are available on our website for those who might have questions or concerns. Thank You Danielle Amari-Benz for helping to draft and update our documents for our Handbook, for Unity Village, and for WinterHaven. They are extremely professional, easy to read, and continue to get better and better.

Updates on the Sleepout happening December 1st:

Another thing we are working on is that there is going to be a sleepout at Maritime Heritage Park starting December 1st in order to raise awareness about homeless crisis in Bellilngham and Whatcom County that is not being addressed with enough urgency.

The sleepout will be drug and alcohol-free. We will have some basic fencing and a check-in/check-out station in order to better keep track of who comes and goes. In 2017 our sleepout lasted 18 days on the lawn of city hall, and we learned a lot. This time, the sleepout will be at Maritime Heritage Park..

Last year we had an outpouring of community support and it helped to raise awareness around the homelessness crisis in Bellingham and Whatcom County. We hope that this year we will have an even greater impact on raising awareness. This is about the community being able to meet homeless individuals and learn about their various challenges, and work toward solutions to help.

Last year we were even able to help house people indirectly by simply communicating, networking, listening and getting them in touch with what they needed. Amy Glasser helped provide case management, and helped people get to the hospital who needed it. We were able to get a young woman back in touch with her parents, we were able to help a few others find their own housing as well.

Many people don't realize that around 40% of the homeless population has a job or some form of income. With rents as sky high as they are and rising steeply, it's no wonder why we're seeing more and more people falling through the cracks, becoming homeless or living in their car or tents. This is a phenomenon happening all around the country.

We are meeting this saturday to discuss our plans for the sleepout. We will have more updates on the sleepout as new information comes in, after this weekend. Once again thank you everybody for all your support and generous donations of time, energy and money. Everything helps a little bit, and it all adds up. We'll keep you posted.
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Puget Sound Energy, you make a lot of money in Whatcom County, why can’t you help us out with our homelessness crisis by comping some of the price of installing power at Unity Village?

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And thank you.

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Wow! You guys have been busy! And lots of good news. Couple of questions: When will you/we be at the new office and need address to mail a donation from a friend? [It's NOT $50,000] but it is appreciated. How does food work at the sleepout?

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That's the mission I signed up for!... Great job Doug you are always so good at these things!

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HomesNOW Not Later's New Office hours ...

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HomesNow. Not Later.Gal needs clothing small/medium size (everything). I have socks and sleeping bag. Office closes at 5pm for the weekend. Amy is gone for the week. Susan has not responded to my pm yet (storage) and I will be out of town for the weekend. Joshua Bowman is the contact volunteer and I am awaiting response... I have contacted Carmen (storage truck) for a coat, and we may have t-shirts on the Shower Truck. Markis will be in town later this evening to retrieve. I have contacted Vickie to see who may be the best volunteer to help with this effort while Amy is absent. Any suggestions would be great! I will be here until 5pm...

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HomesNow. Not Later.Thank you EVERYONE who showed up yesterday! We appreciate ALL of you! For those who were attending as Summit guests who missed their chance to share their story about being homeless with our local visiting journalist "Lexi" (who is writing about homelessness in the Klipsun), you can reach her by emailing: edgara@wwu.edu <3 We really want to shine 💥some light on the TRUTH about homelessness in Whatcom County! So thank you for all who have the courage to speak out!

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Visit www.homesnow.org  Join our volunteer list for updates and events! We need YOU! :)

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I was out of town for the required volunteer orientation. Will you be posting when the next one is?

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HomesNow. Not Later. added 3 new photos.

To keep HomesNOW running we need more VolunteersNOW, not later.
We could use 30-40 committed people to work on our projects (Summit, Shower Truck, Unity Village, Administration, social media, and more. Here is an example of what I need to keep the summit running smoothly. So far a few have done most of the work. We need some more helpers.
Training to help with the ShowersNOW truck will take place at noon the same day as the summit ( October 21st Sunday) at Maritime Heritage Park.
These photos are what the few do every month for the food/clothes/gear part of every summit. PM me if you want to help.
I will be hosting a brief meeting for all new and old volunteers to pick what they would like to help with and get some direction, if desired.
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To keep HomesNOW running we need more VolunteersNOW, not later.
We could use 30-40 committed people to work on our projects (Summit, Shower Truck, Unity Village, Administration, social media, and more. Here is an example of what I need to keep the summit running smoothly. So far a few have done most of the work. We need some more helpers. 
Training to help with the ShowersNOW truck will take place at noon the same day as the summit ( October 21st Sunday) at Maritime Heritage Park. 
These photos are what the few do every month for the food/clothes/gear part of every summit. PM me if you want to help.
I will be hosting a brief meeting for all new and old volunteers to pick what they would like to help with and get some direction, if desired.

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I'm getting confused. I think I saw someplace that Amy needs space for 40 or more people on the 30th. What is that about?

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I work on summit days😢 Is there a chance I can help on a Tuesday or Wed here and there. I really do want to be involved

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I def would like tp pick up some of these chores/ responsibilities. Will look for meeting posted. Esp interested in the clothes and Summit stuff.

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I'm in tell me when and where you need me and I'll be there for whatever you need

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I would love to help! PM me please

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Sunday morning! Broadcasting from high atop the 420th floor of KZAX Studios join us another edition of "Bloch Off!" with Stacy Bloch and Amanda Mac! This weeks guest: Jim Peterson of HomesNow. Not Later. We'll discuss their progress with the county and Camp Unity. Plus a new Whatcom World Wide Weed Report. Good stuff with a little weed on it! Tomorrow. Sunday.. 9 AM. KZAXLP-FM 94.9 Make.shift Radio and streaming live at makeshiftproject.com/kzax-949-radio/. Or listen anytime at blochoff.com!