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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.

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

Severe Weather Shelters coordinated by Whatcom County Health Department.

  • As of Aug. 27, 2019, Whatcom County is in the process of coordinating locations and criteria for opening severe weather shelters that will be operational when weather conditions are unsafe.
  • Details will be added as they become available.


 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/

Motel Vouchers operated by the Opportunity Council

  • The City contributes $40,000 per year to shelter homeless families at motels during the winter months – vouchers are managed by the Opportunity Council.​
  • For more information, visit https://www.oppco.org/whsc/