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Next tent camp planned to set up by Texas Street


BELLINGHAM, Wash. — With the permit for Winter Haven expiring in less than two weeks, another temporary tent encampment is opening in Bellingham.


The City of Bellingham issued a permit to establish the encampment in the parking lot at the What-Comm Dispatch Center off Alabama Street, opening on April 3.


Washington State nonprofit HomesNow! will be funding and operating the encampment for 90 days.


They’ll provide tents and amenities for up to 32 people, screening residents through an application process and using a chain-link fence to enclose the area.


The city is accepting appeals to the decision through April 2, and if an appeal is made the encampment will be on hold until a decision by the Hearing Examiner.