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

What you can do to help:

If you or someone you know needs shelter:

COVID-19 and Camp 210 

As of December 30, there have been 10 confirmed cases associated with Camp 210 and Base camp, the shelter operated by Lighthouse Mission Ministries. We will update this number only when additional cases are confirmed. 

The first cases of COVID-19 were identified among people at Base Camp, the emergency shelter operated by Lighthouse Mission Ministries, and Camp 210, the tent encampment at Bellingham’s City Hall in late November 2020. Since the first cases were identified, we’ve been working with the City of Bellingham, Lighthouse Missions Ministries, and Camp 210 volunteers to respond and minimize COVID-19 risks to everyone involved.

Currently, we are taking these actions to help keep Camp 210 campers as safe as possible:

  • Offering no-cost, on-site COVID-19 testing weekly.
  • Encouraging anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or anyone who is a close contact of someone with COVID-19 to stay at Whatcom County’s Isolation and Quarantine Facility.
  • Providing transportation once per day to the Isolation and Quarantine Facility for anyone from Camp 210 who needs it.
  • Twice weekly check-ins and outreach at the camp to assess COVID-19 risks.
  • Encouraging mask-wearing, physical distancing, and other actions to reduce risks of COVID-19. You can read more about our health and safety recommendations in memos from November 30 and December 7.

At this time, there are no signs that there is a greater risk from COVID-19 at Camp 210 than at other locations or in other populations in Whatcom County.

You can read more about the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County’s work with Camp 210 on the City of Bellingham’s website.

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