To address homelessness this winter, the City's emergency intervention and prevention strategies include the following:
For Those 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.
OTHER SHELTER OPPORTUNITIES
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/