A home for the homeless

Published on Wed, Nov 13, 2013
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There will soon be more options available for families who find themselves down on their luck. 

The Interfaith Coalition of Whatcom County broke ground on the construction of the “Our House” project for homeless families on November 10. The building will provide emergency and transitional housing for up to three homeless families at a time. In order to do so, the coalition has expanded an existing single-family residence into a triplex. 

When completed next spring, the three-unit complex is expected to house up to 12 families through the course of a year who would otherwise be homeless. While living at Our House, families receive case management services to help develop skills critical to breaking the cycle of homelessness. According to the coalition, 90 percent of families are able to find stable housing after around three months of staying in Interfaith homes. 

More than 40 church congregations, a small staff and a large volunteer force maintain a health center, nine houses for homeless families as well as staff emergency shelters for homeless people during severe weather. 

Funding comes from doantions and in-kind contributions from more than 500 individuals, congregations, businesses and foundations throughout Whatcom County.

For more information, or to donate time, talent or money, contact the Interfaith Coalition at 360/734-3983.