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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

This week read about how the end of the Washington State eviction moratorium is affecting Whatcom County for the first time in 18 months. Also, stay up to date on information regarding the Omicron variant. 

On Campus

A ‘For Lease’ sign near Alabama Street in Bellingham, Wash. on Nov. 22, 2021. The rental market is so tight in Whatcom County that it is difficult for low-income tenants to find an affordable place to live.

Tenants in Whatcom are confronting the possibility of eviction for the first time in 18 months

Washington State’s 18-month-long eviction moratorium came to an end on Oct. 31, causing distress among Washington residents behind on their rent.

The most recent data available from the Whatcom Health Department in June said that 4,655 households were behind on their rent. Since the previous rent that had been accumulating since the moratorium was enacted was not waived, eviction cases can start piling up...

Read more about Whatcom tenants on The Front

Off Campus
A lab scientist prepares samples for the Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)–PCR Diagnostic Panel. The new COVID-19 variant Omicron has a mutation resulting in a distinguishable outcome from other COVID-19 variants.

New COVID-19 variant Omicron confirmed in Washington State

On December 4, the Washington State Department of Health confirmed the presence of three cases of the Omicron variant in Thurston County, Pierce County and King County. The cases are: 

-A man in his thirties from Thurston County

-A man in his twenties from Pierce County

-A woman in her twenties from King county

Read more about the Omicron variant on The Front

Cots and bedding provided by the Red Cross and the Whatcom community fill North County Christ the King Church in Lynden, Wash. The church was set up as a shelter on Nov. 14, where bedding and donations poured in soon after.

A long road ahead for hundreds of Whatcom residents displaced by floods

After approximately 500 people were displaced across Whatcom County during the Nov. 14 and 15 floods, county governments and communities worked together to provide short-term relief through emergency shelters and donations, but long-term housing solutions to house evacuees still seem elusive. 

Emergency flood shelters were assembled by the community and the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, such as North County Christ The King churchSonlight Church and the Lynden Fairgrounds, in order to provide immediate solutions...

Read more about displaced residents on The Front

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