During severe cold weather, it is important for individuals without housing to have access to warm shelter. Whatcom County Health and Community Services 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.
You can call 360-788-7983 for severe weather shelter availability. For more information about each location, go to our Severe Winter Shelter and Warming Center Locations section of this page.
The Whatcom County Health and Community Services activates the Bellingham overnight shelter and the Bellingham 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.
People who have gone to the Civic Field emergency shelter in the last few nights are encouraged to instead spend nights at these newly available CTK locations. With the added capacity facilities opening tonight, the Bellingham Severe Winter Shelter will be limited to 45 clients. Both pets and service animals are welcome in CTK spaces.
If you have previously had issues at Basecamp before, you are encouraged to check in for a CTK 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 Bellingham day-use warming center and Bellingham overnight severe winter shelter, to find out about volunteering: Road2Home, or reach out to Ferndale Community Services, Base Camp or CTK to support their winter sheltering operations.
Outreach teams, like the Homeless Outreach Team at Opportunity Council, are making rounds to spread information about shelters, encourage people experiencing homelessness to make use of those resources, and checking-in to address immediate safety concerns. For individuals who are uncomfortable in shelters or choose not to use them for other reasons, life-safety is supported by various community groups that provide warm clothing, sleeping bags, and energy-rich foods. If you are concerned about the safety of a person sleeping outdoors and want to know more about how you can help, please contact Opportunity Council’s Homeless Outreach Team at 360-312-3717.