The mission of Bellingham/Whatcom PHC is to engage the local community and build sustainable partnerships in the effort to end homelessness.
1. Provide one-stop access to significant health and human services in order to assist people on their way toward stable housing and greater prosperity.
2. Raise public awareness of the issue of homelessness within the community. Event planners work with elected city/county leaders and community stakeholders in order to help:
- Re-prioritize local government resources
- Develop ongoing community partnerships
- Catalyze media interest
- Connect provider agencies operating in isolation
- Mobilize corporate/local business resources
3. Encourage community-wide involvement to assist neighbors in distress and to advocate for an end to homelessness locally.
PHC is a unique opportunity in Whatcom County for community building and supporting the work of ending homelessness.
PHC is a model for civic engagement recognized by the US Interagency Council on Homelessness as a best practice. While PHC events reflect local needs and priorities, they share several key features:
- Hospitality: Homeless People as Welcomed Guests
- Immediacy: Same-Day Service for Guests
- Community: Voluntary Civic Participation
- Partnership: Across Agencies and Sectors
- Excellence: Rigorous Evaluation and Improvement
Nationally, thousands of PHC community volunteers and donors partner annually with local government, non-profits, and the private sector to provide access to health and human services for homeless individuals and families. By participating locally, you will be extending this opportunity in Whatcom County and you will be helping raise awareness of the critical need for ending homelessness.
Bellingham/Whatcom PHC is a great way to reach out and make our community a better place to live! Click HERE
to read the PHC 2017 Event Evaluation Report and find survey responses from guests, community volunteers, and service providers!
PHC: Our Work