HomesNOW! is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in June of 2017 with the goal of Ending Homelessness One Person at a Time. HomesNOW! is made entirely of volunteers; no one gets paid. We are funded through private donations. We support the Housing First model.
From January to April 2019, HomesNOW! managed Winter Haven, Bellingham’s first temporary tent community located behind City Hall in the Lettered Streets neighborhood. During that time, we provided 35 homeless people with a safe place to live. Five people found permanent housing, 18 people moved with us to our next tent community, 10 people were evicted for breaking our code of conduct, and one person chose to move out.
From April to August 2019, HomesNOW! managed Safe Haven, our second temporary tent community located in the What-Comm 911 Call Center parking lot in the Sunnyland neighborhood. During that time, we provided 32 homeless people with a safe place to live. Nine people found permanent housing, four people were evicted for breaking our code of conduct, and six people chose to move out.
In September 2019, HomesNOW! opened Unity Village, Bellingham’s first tiny home village for the homeless. Unity Village has 20 tiny homes and will provide temporary housing for 20 to 24 people at a time.
The City of Bellingham has allowed HomesNOW to operate Unity Village, a Tiny Home Community, located on city land at 210 McKenzie Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225. The City has stated that April 30th, 2020 is our end date even though the land will not be developed for 3 more years with the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant. In the pursuit of a solution to not having any place to go, we're doing a fundraiser for a good down payment on our own land, so that we can keep Unity Village open and help people out of homelessness.