The Mayor of Bellingham announces temporary use of Civic Athletic Complex for temporary winter shelter.
HomesNOW plans to set up a series of neighborhood meetings to discuss any questions or concerns with the neighborhood.
City of Bellingham – Official Statement:
“We announced today the City is working with Homes Now! to locate a temporary emergency winter shelter at the Civic Athletic Complex in the Geri Field parking lot.
We are actively engaged in the urgent work of creating the conditions to end the encampment at City Hall and this is a key step in that work.
On Thursday, Dec. 10, City crews began the work to prepare the Geri Field parking lot to house up to 28 people. We anticipate the site will be ready for occupancy next week.
We are working with Whatcom County in their efforts to procure modular tiny homes and expect to locate tiny homes at this site when they arrive, anticipated later this month.
Homes Now! intends to house people at this location who have been screened by their organization and the Bellingham Police Department. It will be supervised at all times and will be permitted until Spring 2021.
We continue to explore additional temporary winter shelter sites with interested partners.
More information about our work to increase shelter capacity and address the encampment at City Hall available at this link:”