REGARDING COLD-WEATHER SHELTERS:
The Whatcom County Health Department has continued coordination with the community service providers, Opportunity Council’s Homeless Service Center and the Lighthouse Mission, to discuss any additional needs for homeless shelter during the upcoming extreme cold weather days. The Homeless Outreach Team continues to check on people who are unsheltered. To those individuals that are interested they are made aware of the Lighthouse Mission’s shelter space. For those individuals who are opting to sleep outdoors, the Homeless Outreach Team has worked to make sure those people have supplies needed to stay as warm as possible.
Winter shelters are open and Additional beds have been activated
The City of Bellingham has activated an emergency winter shelter plan to ensure that no one requesting help is turned away. The Lighthouse Mission Ministries (LMM), Fountain Community Church, and the City of Bellingham have activated this emergency overflow plan to open additional capacity in both an overnight shelter and day shelter.
Fountain Community Church has opened additional overnight shelter space at their church, and the City of Bellingham has made a meeting room available in the downtown library for the women staying at the shelter. This additional day center space at the library is managed by LMM and creates more space in the LMM Drop-In Center during the day. The City will remain in close communication with LMM, Fountain Community Church, and the Whatcom County Health Department to continually assess the need for these services as the situation changes.
The Drop-In Center on Holly Street remains open 24 hours per day and has capacity.Fountain Community Church has activated additional beds, so we anticipate we will continue to have open beds for those who seek them. The City will continue to have the library lecture room available during the day to women staying in the night shelter at Fountain Community Church.
LMM's trained staff and volunteers will continue to manage winter shelter operations, including check-in, through the Drop-In Center at 1013 W. Holly Street. For more information on the Lighthouse Mission Ministries overnight shelter and drop-in shelter, visit www.thelighthousemission.org/what-we-do/drop-in-center.
Whatcom County Point in Time Count Reports
City of Bellingham Housing and Human Services
Northwest Youth Serviceshttp://www.nwys.org/
Opportunity Council – basic needs
Whatcom Homeless Service Center