Winter Shelters for Individuals and Families Experiencing Homelessness 

Page Last reviewed: February 25, 2024 at 9:25 a.m.

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Shelters Open Tonight

  • This information will be updated by 4:30PM when the status of a shelter changes. 
  • In addition, the Severe Weather Shelter hotline has a pre-recorded message with open shelter information: 360-788-7983.
Open Winter Shelters
Closed Winter Shelters

Winter Shelter Schedule

The calendar above will be updated from November 2023 through March 31, 2024, as the status of shelters changes. 

Nightly Winter Shelter Information

Road2Home Winter Shelter at Civic Field

The City of Bellingham and Whatcom County are jointly funding a seasonal winter shelter managed by local nonprofit Road2Home through Feb. 29. 

Where is the Road2Home winter shelter located? 

The Road2Home winter shelter is located at the Civic Field locker rooms at 1355 Civic Field Way, Bellingham

Road2Home winter shelter Details:

  • This facility is expected to accommodate up to 45 guests on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Snacks and showers available for guests. 
  • Service animals and emotional support animals are welcome. Guests may be asked to crate their animals. 
  • Limited space is available for storage of personal belongings. 
  • Visit the Road2Home website for more information on this program.

When is the Road2Home winter shelter open?

  • The Road2Home winter shelter is open every night through February 29, 2024 from 7am-8am.
  • Check-in: 7pm - 10pm.
  • Check-out: 8am.

Overnight Severe Winter Shelter (SWS) Information

An overnight severe winter shelter (SWS) will open on a temporary basis when forecasts indicate weather conditions will meet opening criteria.

Bellingham Location

Where is the Bellingham Overnight SWS located?

The Bellingham overnight SWS will operate at 810 N. State Street

Bellingham Overnight SWS Details:

  • When activated, the Bellingham overnight SWS is open from 5pm-8am. 
  • Check-in: 5pm - 9pm.
  • Check-out: 8am.
  • Snacks, water, and coffee provided. 
  • Service animals and emotional support animals are welcome. Guests may be asked to crate their animals. 
  • Storage area for personal belongings. 

How will I know when the Bellingham overnight SWS is open? 

  • This webpage will be updated to reflect when the SWS is scheduled to be open. Whenever possible, we will post opening dates 48 hours in advance to give people more time to prepare. 
  • The Severe Weather Shelter hotline will have a pre-recorded message with open shelter information: 360-788-7983.
  • The Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) and other community organizations, and advocates will also help spread the word about shelter opening days.

What Criteria Open the Bellingham Overnight SWS?

  • The Bellingham overnight SWS will open when weather forecasts indicate that opening criteria will be met and until Feb. 29. 
  • When possible, opening decisions will be made 48 hours in advance to support staffing and client notifications. 
  • More information on severe weather shelter opening criteria can be found here.

Ferndale Location

Where is the Ferndale overnight SWS located? 

The Ferndale overnight SWS is located at United Church of Ferndale (2034 Washington St., Ferndale). 

Ferndale overnight SWS Details:

  • When activated, the Ferndale overnight SWS is open from 5:30pm-8am. 
  • Check in from 5:30-8pm.
  • Check-out: 8am
  • Snacks, shower, and laundry are available for guests. 
  • Facilities available for storage of personal belongings. 
  • Service animals and emotional support animals are welcome. Guests may be asked to crate their animals. 

What Criteria Opens the Ferndale Overnight SWS?

  • It will open overnight when NOAA forecasts that Ferndale weather conditions will meet criteria, and until March 31. 

How Will I know when the Ferndale overnight SWS is open?

What is being done for individuals who prefer not to access available shelter resources?

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. 

Year-Round Shelter in Bellingham

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

Shelter for Unaccompanied Minors

Unaccompanied minors experiencing homelessness can visit the Northwest Youth Services Whatcom Housing webpage to learn more about housing options for youth. 

How can I help? What can community members do to support sheltering efforts for unhoused neighbors?

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

Volunteer

If you would like to volunteer to support one of the programs listed on this page, contact the shelter operator directly: