Emergency Shelter Options for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness (2020-2021)

The following actions are currently underway to increase emergency shelter in our community for people who are living homeless.


Regular, Year-Round Shelter – 24 hr/day

Men and Women’s Overnight Shelter and Day Center (Base Camp)

1530 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225

Operated by Lighthouse Mission Ministries (LMM) year-round

  • Up to 190 men and women can be accommodated at Base Camp each night.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily.
  • Base Camp is available for men and women during the day and offers services from partnering organizations.
  • For more information, visit www.thelighthousemission.org/what-we-do/base-camp/

Various Motels

Families with children, seniors, and other medically fragile adults are prioritized. 

  • Opportunity Council referral required.

Winter Shelters

Base Camp Overflow

1530 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225

Operated by Christ the King in partnership with Lighthouse Mission

  • Winter overflow capacity at the former Drop-in Center; check-in at Base Camp is required.
  • Open December 2020 to February 2021, frequency is dependent on volunteer availability. 


  • Five additional emergency beds for single women who are homeless
  • Opened November 2nd
  • Opportunity Council referral required

Additional Information

November 30, 2020 Memorandum regarding Health and Safety for City Hall Encampment

Safe Parking Request for Proposals (RFP)

  • Funding offered to community partners to operate a safe place to park for people sheltering in their vehicles. 
  • Request for Proposals closed on Oct 30. No responses were received.

Safe Encampment Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

  • Funding offered to community partners to operate a safe encampment or tiny home village for the unsheltered. 
  • Request for Qualifications released on Nov 6, due on Dec 4, 2020.

What you can do to help:

If you or someone you know needs shelter:

For more information about what is being done to increase permanent shelter in our community: