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.
This fall, The Whatcom Peace & Justice Center will bring together high school students and veterans to build a tiny home for a houseless veteran with HomesNow. Not Later. We are happy to announce that we've received funding to build the tiny home thanks to a Project Neighborly grant from the Whatcom Community Foundation! Stay tuned this summer for ways to get involved and support this project!
sooo messed up..makes you not want to ever eat again..sickest and as i understand it it happens more often than reported..yikes
1 month ago
This is a horrible act and I hope they find the person who did this to him. Glad he will be fine.
1 month ago
I can't even read that, I don't want to rage.
1 month ago
This has many repercussions because law makers see this as a justified reason to make it illegal for anyone without a permit to feed the homeless.
Now more people could possibly starve because of this one evil act..
Housing and food are Human Rights.
1 month ago · 1
This makes me sick. I offer food to homeless people when I overbuy and I would hate for not trusting it to be a thing.
We need to raise $500 to $1,000 to buy two good tents for the welcome tent and smoking tent. The high winds destroyed the two tents we had so we need to get better quality tents.
We also need to raise money for ongoing expenses such as safe storage, water, grey water dumping, electric, garbage pickup and portapotties.
Please donate via PayPal at email@example.com, or you can give cash/check in person at Safe Haven to Jim, Charlie, or Rachel, or mail to 432 W. Bakerview Rd, Suite 201, Bellingham, WA 98226. Thank you! ...
"Hooverville" became a common term for shacktowns and homeless encampments during the Great Depression. There were dozens in the state of Washington, hundreds throughout the country, each testifying to the housing crisis that accompanied the employment crisis of the early 1930s.
The point of the special was to focus attention on the drug problem in the City of Seattle. Certainly not all of the homeless that live on the streets of Seattle have drug addictions. The special never said they were. But clearly, too many of the people on the streets of downtown Seattle are drug addicts; this story is about them. To say otherwise is disingenuous. The special tells about those who "wander the streets untethered to home or family or reality, chasing a drug, which in turn chases them. It is about the damage they inflict on themselves, to be sure, but also on the fabric of this place where we live."
Again, this is not an attack on the homeless; rather it is a story about the drug addicts living on the streets. For anyone to label this special otherwise is misrepresenting the message.
HomesNOW recently completed our 2018 financial report showing the distribution of funds and how much money was donated. In 2018, our supporters donated $40,877.69.
Also just to clarify, this only includes numbers from 2018. It does not have expenses from 2019. That will be available in next year's report.
We want you to know where your donations have been going. This report is done annually for transparency. If you have any questions please let us know.
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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 to open up the building was approved. Since it was an emergency meeting, there was not a video record, but only audio. Enjoy.
A hard won victory for our house less community. 👊
3 months ago · 2
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!
Good news, albeit a bit late in my view. The City of Bellingham administration has decided to open an emergency cold weather shelter.
The mayor's office is still working out the details and getting volunteers. I will be taking a shift starting at 4 am. The shelter will be in the old Learning Center" building at Maritime Heritage Park.
As we heard at last night's city council meeting, people are upset at the apparent lack of a response by the City. I share that frustration myself, but I have also been aware of the many conversations and actions that have been going on behind the scene for several days. The wheels have been turning, slowly.
I know some will say that it is too little, too late. I won't argue.
Starting last week, when the cold weather first hit, people such as myself were worried that there might not be enough space in existing shelters for people experiencing homelessness. Several city council members and a couple of county council members made visits to the Drop In Center to see for ourselves. What I saw was re-assuring, but I was still concerned. I said that we needed to think about a back-up plan. I talked to the mayor and Port officials about some ideas.
But the Lighthouse Mission and Fountain Community Church expanded their capacity, made more room for people. The City was told that there was enough bed space. And so over the weekend, nothing materialized from the City since the was no sense of urgency. I felt that was a mistake. It worried me greatly. As we heard again last night, not everyone feels welcome or safe at the Mission's shelter. Whatever we think of the Mission, I hope we can all agree that another shelter option would be a good thing.
Which is why I am glad that the City has stepped up at last. I also hope the County will do so as well.
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.
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..
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.
All these social programs.....really??? 8 think people are one paycheck from being out on the street.
3 months ago · 4
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?
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.
Thank you very much for posting last night’s City Council’s public testimony.
Thanks to all for standing up and speaking up.
3 months ago · 1
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3 months ago
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.
3 months ago · 2
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.
I agree with Lynnette this needs to prepared in advanced better by city, county.
3 months ago · 2
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.
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.
3 months ago · 8
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!
Good job Sue Mingy!! Rachel!! The young trans woman!! Everyone. Does this make Homes Now Tiny Houses all the more wise?
3 months ago
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!!
Oh hey, since you can't spend any money with us tonight (staff party) you might consider donating that beer money burning a hole in your pocket to a local organization that helps keep our neighbors experiencing homelessness warm. HomesNow. Not Later. is in desperate need of help from the community.
Update: We're going to go ahead and up the ante on this one, for every dollar donated we'll match it. Let's take care of our neighbors, friends.
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.
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.
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....
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!
4 months ago
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.
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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.
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.
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!