Emergency Shelter Options for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness 

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


For night-by-night Winter Shelter availability, call 360-788-7983.

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 200 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


  • Five additional emergency beds for the '21-'22 winter available now for single women who are homeless
  • Opportunity Council referral required

Northwest Youth Services

  • The Young Adult Winter Shelter, operated by Northwest Youth Services, is operating at the First Congregational Church of Bellingham at 2401 Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham, and serves ages 18-25. Intake for this overnight-only shelter takes place daily onsite, 7:30 pm to midnight. The shelter will operate regardless of temperatures. 

Ferndale Severe Weather Shelter

  • Guests are welcome from 5pm to 8am. 
  • Call or text "help" to 360-612-5075 for up-to-date information, including current host/site. 

What you can do to help:

If you or someone you know needs shelter:

  • Call the Opportunity Council at 360-734-5121 x 0 for screening.
  • For Night by Night Winter Shelter availability, call 360-788-7983.

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