A brighter place for homeless people. Bellingham High School's role as a temporary shelter.
During the COVID-19 situation, Bellingham High School has become a rather fancy homeless shelter. Fancier than previous homeless shelters in Bellingham.
I'm sure it's still a hardship to be homeless, however. Having one's own space is a blessing. This is still shared space, but quite something to have a big fancy high school as a homeless shelter.
With schools closed and the need to maintain space between people for preventing virus spread in the community, this has come about. The large gyms are being used for sleeping and the fancy cafeteria / entrance (pictures here) is a day use, drop in headquarters.
Even if one lives in a gated community, surrounded by wealth, one can still be affected by the conditions faced by less fortunate folks in society. This virus can spread widely across the entire community.
A good use for the school since it isn't in normal use anyway. Students are said to be learning online.
Shelter will soon be moving down the street to the old this empty storefront.
The other three high schools in Bellingham are mostly idle as well, tho I read that they are distributing food and services to students. They aren't totally idle.