In discussions on tackling the issues of homelessness, some have academic cred and political cred … and some have street cred.

The problem is significant, both in size and in urgency. The City of Bellingham estimates that approximately 750 people are experiencing homelessness in Whatcom County on any given night. Experts say that although lack of affordable housing isn’t the only cause, it is a major contributor.

Western Washington University’s annual Ralph Munro Seminar for Civic Education and POOR Magazine‘s Bellingham debut of their Homefulness Handbook convened activists, researchers and policy makers in separate events recently to work toward solutions.

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