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Crisis Services

Find immediate services for shelter, food, clothing, and mental health care.

Shelter Status
View which Whatcom County shelters are open (includes the winter and emergency weather shelters).


Clothing resources in Whatcom County

Guía de Servicios de Ropa (Español)

This brochure is maintained by the Whatcom Asset Building Coalition, a community collaboration.

Food and Meal Resources in Whatcom County

Recursos de Comida (Español)

Free hot meals and food resources in Whatcom County. These lists are compiled by the Whatcom Anti-Hunger Coalition. The document is in both Spanish and English.

Call Tutu’s Whatcom County Free Food Hotline 360-788-7328 (recording split up by days of week)

Community Resource Guides
Whatcom Asset Building Coalition pamphlets for food, shelter, clothing, hygiene items, and free tax services

Whatcom County Resources
The Services section of the Opportunity Council’s website lists resources for basic needs, childcare resources, food, housing, energy assistance, and more

WTA Emergency Ride Home
Current WTA bus pass holders or registered SmartTrip participants who walked, biked, or carpooled to work may qualify for a free taxi ride home

Care Crisis: 1-800-584-3578 (24 hour crisis hotline)
Help for those in mental health crisis

Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text 741741 from anywhere in the US. Text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services : (360) 715-1563 (24 hour crisis hotline)
Help for victims of domestic violence

National Hopeline Network
Online network that uses chat and instant messaging to respond to people in crisis

All Hands Whatcom
This summit, organized by the Chuckanut Health Foundation and other community organizations, highlights the impacts of opioid use and how community members can build solutions.

resource list available through the Bellingham Public Library

Whatcom Hope
Information on how to help someone who is experiencing an overdose and other harm reduction tools

Homeless Housing Guide

Guía de Albergues para Personas Sin Hogar (Español)

A list of emergency shelter options produced by the Whatcom Homeless Service Center and the Opportunity Council.

24 Hour Lighthouse Mission Base Camp
A low barrier shelter that is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Nightly counts shared at bottom of the page that show availability.

City of Bellingham’s winter shelter information

Severe Weather Emergency Shelters

Not all locations will operate daily during severe weather conditions. Community partners who operate the shelters determine which populations they serve.

Check the Whatcom County Health Department’s website to see if the Severe Weather Night and Day Shelters are open.

You can also call the Emergency Winter Shelter Hotline (360) 788-7983.

Access to Showers, Laundry, and Free Toiletries

Guía de Recursos de Higiene

Click on the link above to locate shower facilities, access laundry facilities, and get free toiletries and hygiene items in Whatcom County.

The YMCA’s Shower Pass program is temporarily suspended due to the pandemic. When this restarts, patrons will again be able to get YMCA shower pass at the Help Desk at the Bellingham Public Library 210 Central Avenue location.

The Lighthouse Mission’s Base Camp also offers shower facilities.

Northwest Youth Services
Help for teens, LGBTQ teen support, housing