Emily and Roxana hold their awards.

Local nonprofit Lydia Place recently honored BPS Homeless Liaisons Emily Humphrey-Krigbaum and Roxana Parise during their 2020 Housing Hero Awards on December 3. The online event recognizes local businesses and individuals who have “gone above and beyond this year (2020)”.

 Ashley Thomasson, Housing Program Director, presented the awards to Humphrey-Krigbaum and Parise, and the ceremony was shared online via YouTube with remarks from Parise and Humphrey-Krigbaum shared in the video (at 18:07 minutes). Lydia Place is a nonprofit, community-based agency that serves individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Whatcom County and has been in operating since 1989.

“Studies show housing plays a central role in the academic stability of students,” said Parise. “Children experiencing homelessness are impacted in a variety of ways that adversely affect their ability to succeed in school. Lydia Place provides shelter for families, which contributes to children’s long-term educational success. By partnering with Lydia Place, Bellingham School District families receive supportive services that are essential to achieving housing stability. Having open and consistent communication with Lydia Place housing case managers assists BPS homeless liaisons in better identifying and removing academic barriers for children in our community.”

“I partner with Lydia Place because of the robust wrap around services that are provided,” said Humphrey-Krigbaum. “They provide crucial supportive housing programs to families experiencing homelessness. Beyond this, Lydia Place provides mental health services, parent education, case management, and much more. These services go further than just reacting to crisis but supporting families to reach whatever their goals are towards long term stability, moving from surviving to thriving.”

By partnering with Lydia Place, Bellingham Public Schools families receive supportive services that are essential to achieving housing stability. Maintaining open and consistent communication with Lydia Place housing case managers assists BPS homeless liaisons in better identifying and removing academic barriers for children in our community.

For more information, watch the awards online. 

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