Resource Centers

Centers in Bellingham

DSHS (Department of Social and Health Services)

Address: 4101 Meridian Street, Bellingham
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am to 5pm
Phone: (877) 501-2233; or apply for services online

Opportunity Council

Address: 1111 Cornwall Avenue, Suite C, Bellingham
Walk-In Hours: Monday - Friday 10am to 4pm
Phone: (360) 734-5121 or 1-800-649-5121, Ext. 370

  • Housing programs, emergency shelters, and landlord/tenant information
  • Assistance accessing community services and providing basic needs
  • Referrals to other community resources

Salvation Army

Address: 2919 Northwest Avenue, Bellingham
Hours: Monday - Tuesday, Thursday - Friday 9:30am to 3pm; Wednesday 9:30 to 11:30am
Phone: (360) 733-1410

  • Food, clothing, and hygiene supplies
  • Furniture and household items
  • Holiday assistance

Northwest Regional Council 

Address: 600 Lakeway Drive, Suite 100, Bellingham
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am to 5pm
Phone: (360) 676-6749

Love INC

Hours: Monday - Thursday 9am to 1pm
Phone: (360) 671-6201

  • Furniture and bedding
  • Budget counseling
  • Referrals to other community resources

Hope House

Closed until further notice
Phone: (360) 671-8702


Other Centers in Whatcom County

East Whatcom Regional Resource Center

Address: 8251 Kendall Road, Maple Falls
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am to 5:30pm
Phone: (360) 599-3944

  • Tutoring, youth activities, and community meetings
  • Public computers and printers
  • Referrals and assistance accessing community resources

Ferndale Resource Center

Address: 5694 Second Ave., Ferndale
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9:30am to 12:30pm
Phone: (360) 380-2200

  • Public computers
  • Shower vouchers, bus passes, hygiene products, and small clothing bank
  • Referrals and assistance accessing community resources
  • Domestic violence advocate available by appointment
Food & Meals

Food Resource Guide (English)  /  Guía de recursos de comida (Español)

List of food banks, weekly/monthly hot meals, and senior meals in Whatcom County

Food Resources Overview

Information about all food resources in Whatcom County

WA Basic Food Program: SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)

Information on how to access the Basic Food Program, as well as the State Food Assistance Program (FAP) for immigrants.

WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) Nutrition Program

Information on how to access WIC, which provides healthy food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and health screenings for pregnant women, new mothers, and children under 5 years of age.

Housing & Shelter

Homeless Housing Programs

Opportunity Council completes screenings and centralized intakes for multiple homeless housing programs in our community. Visit the Community Resource Center walk-in hours to start the process and find out if your family is eligible for services.

Address: 1111 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA

Walk-In Hours: 10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday

Phone: 360-734-5121 or 1-800-649-5121, Ext. 370

Lighthouse Mission - Emergency shelter and drop-in center for single men and women, ages 18 and older

Address: 1013 West Holly St., Bellingham, WA

Hours: Open 24/7; Check-in for the night by 8:15pm

Phone: 360-733-5120

New Way Ministries - Temporary housing for pregnant women and women with children

Address: Lynden, WA

Phone: 360-354-9930


Income-Based Housing

Bellingham Housing Authority helps connect families and individuals to public housing, project-based housing, Section 8 housing, and affordable properties.

Address: 208 Unity St., Bellingham, WA

Office Hours: 9am - 4pm, Monday - Friday

Email: bellinghamhousing.info@bwcha.org

Phone: 360-676-6887

Mercy Housing is a private organization that offers affordable housing for low-income families, seniors, and people with special needs. Each individual property has its own application process. Visit the website or call the general phone line for more information.

Phone: 206-838-5700


Housing to Try

Refer to this document for listings of affordable housing options in Whatcom County:

Housing to Try - Oct 2017

Contact the Opportunity Council for a hard copy or to see if it has been more recently updated.

Youth Housing
  • Northwest Youth Services - (link to NWYS's website)  NWYS work with homeless and at-risk youth in Skagit and Whatcom Counties
  • Great Expectations - (link to website)  Home for expectant women
  • Youthnet - (link to website)  Treatment based Foster Care, Independent Living and Transitional Program, Parent Education & Support Programs, Family Preservation Services, Emerson High School
Clothing

Low Cost Clothing Resources

We Care of Whatcom County sells clothing and household items for $7 a bag (all you can fit in a bag). Furniture also available.

Address: 3550 Meridian, Suite #2, Bellingham
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 3pm
Phone: 360-647-5415

Wise Buys Thrift Shop sells used clothing, linens, and household items. Proceeds benefit Lydia Place housing program.

Address: 1224 North State Street, Bellingham
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 5pm
Phone: 360-734-0202


Free Clothing Resources

Operation School Bell (Assistance League of Bellingham) is an annual shopping event in early fall for children. Students must be referred through their school district's Family Resource Coordinator.

For the Bellingham School District, contact Emily H-K at (360) 676-6524 or Roxana Parise at (360) 676-6523.

Salvation Army Social Services Office provides vouchers for clothing, household items, and furniture to be used at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

Address: 2919 Northwest Avenue, Bellingham
Hours: Monday - Tuesday, Thursday - Friday 9:30am to 3pm; Wednesday 9:30 to 11:30am
Phone: (360) 733-1410

Back to Work Boutique provides clothing, accessories, and haircuts for low-income women. Employment or change of employment is not required to participate.

Address: 1026 N. Forest St., Bellingham
Hours: By appointment
Phone: 360-734-4820, Ext. 210

Laurel Church Share Room provides clothing, blankets, and small household items. Everyone welcome.

Address: 162 W. Laurel Rd., Bellingham
Hours: Thursday 10am to 2pm
Phone: 360-398-1761

Blaine Community Clothing Bank provides clothing for all ages, as well as linens and bedding, to those with financial need.

Address: 500 C Street, Blaine (adjacent to the Blaine Food Bank)
Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:00am to 12:00pm; Wednesdays 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Phone: 360-392-8484

Project Hope Food Bank provides clothing and food, as well as assistance with other needs such as transportation and utility bills. Must live within the Lynden School District. Please bring paperwork that shows your address.

Address: 205 S. BC Ave., #105, Lynden
Hours: Monday 9:30-3, Tuesday 4-7, Friday 9:30-Noon
Phone: 360-354-4673

Medical Care
Dental Care
  • ABCD Baby & Child Dentristry - Connects low-income families with dentists, educate parents how to take good care of their children's teeth
  • Sea Mar Dental Clinic - Family dentistry and emergency dental care for low income and immigrant families
  • Interfaith Denal Clinic - Non profit clinic, no one is denied services for inability to pay
  • Dental Offices Accepting DSHS Medical Coupon (or reduced fee) - List of dentists in Whatcom County that accept DSHS coupons
  • Whatcom County Oral Health Coalition - Oral health tips for parents of infants, toddlers, and children
Mental Health & Parenting
  • Whatcom Mental Health Providers Directory - Link from NAMI website - Directory of Clinics & Agencies, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Registered Nurses, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Social Workers, North Sound Mental Health Administration, Chemical Dependency Professionals, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, Registered Counselors, and other help
  • Brigid Collins - Family support center providing support groups, monthly activity events, pregnancy support for moms in recovery and assists families in finding additional supports in the community
  • Catholic Community Services - CCS Family Centers offer support srevices to families in crisis, as well as services for children who are struggling with family breakup or mental health issues.
  • Interfaith Community Health Center - ICHC is a state-licensed mental health facility and have a contract to provide mental health services with the Regional Support Network (RSN)
  • NAMI - The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Whatcom County offer workshops, support groups, educational meetings, and resource materials
  • WAHA Behavioral Health Access Program - Connects people to affordable mental health counseling services in Whatcom County
  • Northwest Regional Council - Senior Information & Assistance Programs, Family Caregiver Support Programs, Aging & Disability and Caregiver Resources, Care Transitions Program, Case Management, Tribal Outreach & Assistance, Medicaid Transportation, Kinship Care Services
  • Sea Mar Community Health Center - Chemical Dependency Services (Adults) and Mental Health Services
  • Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic - Mental health services for adults, elders, children and family, psychotherapeutic and psycho-educational group sessions
  • Rainbow Recovery Center - A program of Whatcom Counseling & Psychiatric Clinic - shower passes, laundry vouchers, hygiene supplies, mail, computer access, socialization, peer advocacy, job readiness assistance
Legal Support
  • Law Advocates - Attorney consultation and direct representation with family law, guardiansip, housing, consumer/finance, employment, civil rights, general civil defense, wills, license revocations, children's and homeless individuals' SSI benefits.  Programs include Street Law, Tenant Clinic, Homeless Disability Benefits, Kinship Clinic.  Access to programs through CLEAR line;
  • CLEAR (Coordinated Legal Education Advice and Referral) - Starting point for low income people seeking free legal assistance, including Northwest Justice Project and Law Advocates.
  • Northwest Justice Project - A statewide law firm that provides free civil legal assistance and representation to low-income people and communities throughout Washington; Program Flyer
  • Whatcom County Law & Justice Services - Web link to Whatcom County District Courts, Juvenile Services, Legal Assistance, Law Enforcement, Reports
  • City of Bellingham Municipal Court - Court information, Parking Tickets, Infractions, Criminal Misdemeanors
  • Washington State Court Forms - Link to Washington Courts, forms used statewide in Washington Courts