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2019/2020 Winter Actions

​To address homelessness this winter, the City's emergency intervention and prevention strategies include the following:

For Thos​​e Currently Experiencing Homelessness


The City partners with and/or provides funding to several organizations that provide emergency overnight shelter, day center accommodations and safe camping for people experiencing homelessness. Click here ​for a map of emergency winter shelters in Bellingham and Whatcom County.

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
  • In December, January and February, LMM coordinates with the City and Opportunity Council to shelter women – see below for more information.
  • For more information, visit https://www.thelighthousemission.org/what-we-do/drop-in-center/

Women's Winter Shelter, Civic Stadium Locker Room, operated by the Opportunity Council on behalf of the City of Bellingham during the months of December, January & February

  • To add capacity during the winter months when those seeking shelter increases, up to 40 women per night can be accommodated at Civic Stadium Locker Room.  Check-in will be undertaken by the Opportunity Council at the Drop-in Center located at 1013 W. Holly.
  • Dinner and breakfast are offered at the LMM – not at Civic Stadium.
  • All guests will be offered the opportunity to shower daily.​
  • The City provides funding to cover staffing and services over the three-month period – estimated at $80,000.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
  • For more information, contact cd@cob.org

Severe Weather Shelters coordinated by Whatcom County Health Department

  • Additional shelter spaces will open 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, visit https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3167/Homeless-Shelters​ or ​contact abeck@co.whatcom.wa.us.​


 Unity Village, 210 McKenzie Avenue, operated by HomesNOW!

  • Provides a temporary safe tiny home village for men and women experiencing homelessness
  • Up to 20 tiny homes are available for men and women
  • Operating September 2019 through April 2020 at 210 McKenzie Avenue in Fairhaven
  • Future sites to be determined
  • For more information, visit https://homesnow.org/unity-village/

 Other Emergency Shelter Options for Families with Children

  • Please visit the Opportunity Council to learn more about what is available to families with children who are experiencing homelessness. 
  • For more information, visit https://www.oppco.org/whsc/