Resource Centers (offer various services from one location)

  • Love Inc.  Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; 671-6201.  Offer various services through coordinated volunteer efforts of community churches, including budget counseling
  • Northwest Regional Council  600 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, 360-676-6749.  Information and assistance for seniors and adults with disabilities who need long term care; Kinshipcare Program
  • Opportunity Council  Monday – Friday, 12:00 to 4:00 pm, 1111 Cornwall Avenue, Suite C, Bellingham, 360-734-5121.  Food, shelter, housing, childcare, community voicemail, landlord/tenant information
  • Salvation Army  M/T/TH/F 9:30-11:30 am, 1:30-4:00 pm; 2919 Northwest Avenue, Bellingham, 360-733-1410.  Food, clothing, household items, holiday programs
  • Hope House  M,T,TH 9:00-11:30 am, Friday 1:00-5:30 pm; 207 Kentucky Street, Bellingham; 360-671-8702.  Food, clothing, bus passes, gas vouchers, ID assistance, prescription assistance, utilities, shower passes.  All assistance is dependent on funds availability
  • DSHS (Department of Social and Health Services)  Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; 4101 Meridian Street, Bellingham; 877-501-2233.  Services include help with food, cash assistance, medical help, child care, child support.  For a complete list of available services, visit the DSHS website

Food and Meal Resources

Clothing Resources

Rent Assistance

  • Housing Authority Programs – Contact information and list of programs for Whatcom County Housing Authority
  • Opportunity Council Homeless Prevention Program – Helps keep individuals and families in their homes by providing rental assistance
  • Whatcom Homeless Service Center – Brochure – Eviction prevention, rental assistance and other services
  • Eviction Prevention Program from the Opportunity Council – they currently have Eviction Prevention funding, for more information contact the Communnity Resource Center at 734-5121 (May 2012)
  • Foreclosure Mediation from Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center – For people who are facing imminent default or are in default on their loans and want help talking with theire lender and negotiating a solution.  By referral only from an attorney, housing caseworker, or for low-income legal assistance from Northwest Justice Project’s CLEAR line at 1-888-201-1014

Housing & Shelter Programs

  • Agape House – Shelter for single women and women with children, program connected to Lighthouse Mission.  For Agape intake application click here 
  • Lydia Place – Residential Program for women with children and Emergency Housing for families
  • Lighthouse Mission – Emergency shelter for men
  • New Way Ministries – Temporary housing for women with children
  • Womencare Shelter – Confidential emergency shelter for women with or without children fleeing domestic violence
  • YWCA – Free or low cost temporary housing for women without children
  • Anacortes Family Center – Emergency shelter for women/families with children
  • Friendship House – Emergency shelter for single women and women with children

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


  • 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

Medical and Dental Resources

Dental Resources

  • 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

Medical Resources

Mental Health & Parenting Resources

  • 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