This information will be updated by 4:30PM when the status of a shelter changes.
The calendar above will be updated from November 2023 through February 2024, as the status of shelters changes.
An overnight severe winter shelter (SWS) will open on a temporary basis when forecasts indicate weather conditions will meet opening criteria.
Where is the Bellingham Overnight SWS located?
The Bellingham overnight SWS will operate at 810 N. State Street.
Bellingham Overnight SWS Details:
How will I know when the Bellingham overnight SWS is open?
Similar to last winter, Ferndale Community Services will operate a severe weather shelter this year. The Ferndale SWS will be open overnight when NOAA forecasts that Ferndale weather conditions will meet criteria.
Additional winter shelters provide additional capacity during winter months. These shelters will operate every night during the winter months from December 1, 2023 – February 28, 2024.
The City of Bellingham and Whatcom County are jointly funding a seasonal winter shelter managed by local nonprofit Road2Home. This additional facility will operate:
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 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.
In addition to the winter shelters listed here, Basecamp is a year-round shelter available for adults experiencing homelessness. To volunteer and support Basecamp, visit the Lighthouse Mission Ministries website.
Unaccompanied minors experiencing homelessness can visit the Northwest Youth Services Whatcom Housing webpage to learn more about housing options for youth.
If you are concerned about the safety of a person sleeping outdoors and want to know more about how you can help an individual or family, please contact Opportunity Council’s Homeless Outreach Team at 360-312-3717.
Temporary Paid Positions
Whatcom County Health and Community Services will operate a severe weather shelter in Bellingham when weather forecasts indicate that weather conditions will meet opening criteria. The department is currently hiring temporary on-call employees to help with this program.
If you would like to volunteer to support one of the programs listed on this page, contact the shelter operator directly: