Winter Emergency Shelter Options for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness (2019-2020)

During winter months, emergency shelters for people who are living homeless will operate at various locations in Bellingham.

  • No severe weather shelters are open at this time. Shelter is available at the Lighthouse Mission Ministries Drop-In Center.
  • Call the Emergency Winter Shelter Hotline at  (360) 788-7983 for up-to-date shelter information.
  • Visis www.cob.org/sheltermap for a map of winter shelter locations.

Regular, Year-Round Shelter – 24 hr/day

Men and Women's Overnight Shelter and Day Center (Drop-In Center)

1013 W. Holly Street

Operated by Lighthouse Mission Ministries (LMM) year-round

  • Up to 150 men and women can be accommodated at the Drop-in Center each night.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily.
  • The Drop-in Center is available for men and women during the day and offers services from partnering organizations.
  • For more information, visit www.thelighthousemission.org/what-we-do/drop-in-center/.


Winter Shelter – For Women

Civic Stadium Women's Winter Shelter

Civic Stadium Locker Room

Operated by the Opportunity Council on behalf of the City of Bellingham 

Open December 2019 - February 2020

  • The primary purpose of the W­­­omen’s Winter Shelter is to add overall capacity to the number of overnight beds that are available to people experiencing homelessness during the winter months.
  • The shelter will operate nightly from 7pm to 7am during the months of December, January and February.
  • All guests will be required to check in off-site at the Lighthouse Mission drop-in center, and will be driven to and from the shelter location, and back to the Lighthouse Mission the morning.
  • The shelter is located on City property. The City will provide funding to cover staffing, janitorial service, and supplies.
  • The shelter will be operated and managed by Opportunity Council staff, with the help of community volunteers.


Youth Shelter

Northwest Youth Services Youth Winter Shelter

First Congregational Church of Bellingham

Operated by Northwest Youth Services, funded in part by City of Bellingham 

  • Overnight shelter for up to 35 youth from early December 2019 - February 2020, contingent upon final approval by the congregation.
  • Check-in will be at First Congregational Church.
  • Guests will be able to shower daily and will be provided breakfast and dinner.
  • For more information, to donate or to volunteer, contact Emersonm@nwys.org  or (360) 734-9862 ext. 125.


Severe Weather Shelters

Additional shelter spaces will be operated by the following organizations when weather conditions are severe and existing shelters are operating at or near full capacity. Shelters and limited services are coordinated by the Whatcom County Health Department.

Severe weather shelters will operate when a temperature of 28°F is forecasted as the overnight low and there is no capacity at the Lighthouse Mission or Women’s Winter Shelter. Precipitation and wind chill will also be considered when activating severe weather shelters on nights when the temperature threshold is not met. For more information, contact abeck@co.whatcom.wa.us.

Severe Weather Shelter Locations

  • Not all locations will operate daily during severe weather conditions. Details about which shelters are currently open and their operating hours will be updated daily on our website and at the emergency shelter hotline maintained by the Whatcom Homeless Service Center at (360) 788-7983 beginning November 1, 2019.
  • Community partners who operate the severe weather shelters determine who they serve.
  • Some locations are able to provide space for people with medical needs and people with pets. Contact the Lighthouse Mission Drop-in Center at (360)733-5120 if you would like to know more.

Christ the King Church – Downtown 

1419 North Forest Street

  • Will accommodate up to 50 men.
  • Check-in is at the Drop-in Center at 1013 W. Holly and will be managed by the Opportunity Council.
  • Transportation will be provided from the Drop-in Center to the shelter.

Fountain Community Church

2100 Broadway

  • Will accommodate 40-60 people. 
  • Check-in is onsite at FCC.

Garden St. United Methodist Church

1326 Garden St.

  • Shelter for families with children only.
  • Check-in is at the Opportunity Council’s Community Resource Center at 1111 Cornwall Ave. After hours check-in is available at the Drop-in Center at 1013 W. Holly.
  • No transportation provided.


Other Emergency Shelter Options

For families with children

  • Additional temporary housing options are available for families with children.
  • Operated by the Opportunity Council.
  • Funding provided by City of Bellingham and Whatcom County.
  • For more information, visit www.oppco.org/whsc/.

Additional daytime warming shelters may be opened. More information will be provided as it becomes available.