Millworks Downtown ELC Ground Breaking Ceremony


Today, we stood witness to a remarkable moment in our community's history: the groundbreaking ceremony for the Millworks project. This collaborative effort between Mercy Housing Northwest, the Whatcom Family YMCA, and a host of dedicated community partners has ignited a spark of excitement within us. The Millworks project, an innovative development on the horizon, promises to deliver much-needed affordable housing for families, including a special allocation of 10% for those transitioning out of homelessness.

But it doesn't stop there. This project is a testament to what can be achieved when vision and cooperation intersect. It is a beacon of hope amid the ongoing affordable housing challenges our region faces. The Millworks initiative not only offers shelter but also a vibrant community space, outdoor recreation areas, and a brand-new Early Learning Center (ELC) that will soon house our Downtown ELC location.

In a time when the shortage of affordable housing casts a long shadow over our community, the Millworks project stands as a symbol of resilience and a triumph of collaborative innovation. We eagerly anticipate its transformation from blueprint to reality and the profoundly positive impact it will have on our community's landscape.

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The Whatcom Family YMCA is a vital partner in this venture, contributing their wealth of expertise in community engagement and youth development. Alongside them, we are honored to acknowledge other instrumental partners, including the City and Port of Bellingham, the Whatcom Community Foundation, and the Norcliffe Foundation. Together, we are crafting a brighter future for our community, one built on the foundations of compassion, inclusivity, and a shared commitment to progress.