During severe cold weather, it is important for individuals without housing to have access to warm shelter. Whatcom County Health Department and the City of Bellingham have contracted with the nonprofit Road2Home to provide overnight severe winter shelter (SWS) services and a day-use warming center when forecasts predict certain temperature and precipitation conditions.
|The overnight severe winter shelter is:||The day-use warming center is:|
|FERNDALE SITE: OPEN | BELLINGHAM SITE: OPEN|
Last updated: 11/29/22, 11:20 am
**Graphic updated when shelter is activated**
|Last updated: 11/27/22, 12:15 pm|
**Graphic updated when center is activated**
The Whatcom County Health Department activates the overnight shelter and the day-use warming center using pre-established criteria that are based on Severe Weather Guiding Assumptions 2022 (PDF).
Base Camp is a year-around shelter available for adults experiencing homelessness. They have also partnered with CTK to offer additional shelter capacity every night from Dec. 1 – Feb 28, no matter what the weather conditions look like. Individuals should check in at Basecamp and will then be transported to the additional space. Learn more about Base Camp at their website.
Unaccompanied minors experiencing homelessness can visit the Northwest Youth Services Whatcom Housing webpage to learn more about housing options for youth.
Contact Road2Home, the provider who will staff the overnight severe winter shelter, to find out about volunteering: Volunteer – Road2Home, or reach out to Ferndale Community Services, Base Camp or CTK to support their winter sheltering operations.