HomesNOW! is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created in June 2017 with the goal of Ending Homelessness, one person at a time.
HomesNOW! has no paid staff and is made up entirely of volunteers. We support the Housing First model and we are funded through private donations from people like you.
Although HomesNOW does not take government funding, we have been working closely with local governments to negotiate land-use agreements in which the city or the county provides a site designated for Homeless relief, however these sites are short-term in duration, usually around 6 months. Unity Village is currently located on City land. The City has stated that April 30th , 2020 is the end date for our permit. Therefore we need a place to move Unity Village to.
Moving a tiny home community every few months is a logistical challenge, arguably a logistical nightmare, even though it can be done.
That is why we are raising money to develop land with the purpose of providing housing and homeless relief services.
We have a private land owner who has stepped up and wants us to set up a village on their land. The site is on Meridian, just outside the city limits, so it falls under Whatcom County jurisdiction. It is also located within the Urban Growth Area of Bellingham. This would be for a second site, not a site to move Unity Village to.
The funds will be used to build a second village, move Unity Village to a new site, develop the new 2nd site, building new structures, and improvements to the site such as septic system, water and electricity.
HomesNOW has a proven track record, providing a stable and affordable living situation to help people get back on their feet, with over a 30% rehousing rate.
The donations raised from this fundraiser will be used for for the construction of a second village and moving the existing Unity Village to a new site.
Whether it's $1 or $10,000, it all adds up. Let's end the problem of homelessness NOW! Not Later. Thank you for your support!
In the summer of 2017, HomesNOW! worked with Lummi Stepping Stones on Lummi Nation to build three tiny homes. From January to April 2019, HomesNOW! managed Winter Haven, Bellingham’s first temporary tent community located behind Bellingham City Hall.
During that time, we provided 35 formerly homeless people with a safe place to live. 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, HomesNOW provided 32 homeless people with a safe place to live. Nine people found permanent housing. In September 2019, HomesNOW! opened Unity Village, Bellingham’s first tiny home village for homeless individuals. Unity Village has 20 tiny homes and has provided transitional housing for 20 to 24 people at a time. 30% of the residents who have come through Unity Village have found permanent housing.
Winter Haven, Safe Haven and Unity Village have been successful at helping people find stability and connecting them to needed services. In February 2019, during extreme winter weather conditions, HomesNOW! coordinated with a local church and volunteers from the community to manage an emergency shelter providing for up to 40 people.