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 

Address: Assumption Church, 2116 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA

Temporary Location: Behind church in red and white shed

Hours: Monday - Tuesday, Thursday - Friday 9am to 11am
Phone: (360) 671-8702

  • Hygiene supplies and baby care items
  • Emergency food
  • More resources will be available once new building is opened

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

Local Resources

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


State Programs

WA Basic Food Program: SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) offers monthly food benefits to low-income people. The Food Assistance Program (FAP) provides benefits to people who are not eligible for SNAP due to immigration status.

Check if you're eligible and start your application:

  • Online: WashingtonConnection.org
  • By Phone: 1-877-501-2233
  • In Person: Bellingham DSHS Office, 4101 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA

WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) Nutrition Program provides healthy food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and health screenings for pregnant women, new mothers, and children under 5 years of age.

Check if you're eligible at: wic.fns.usda.gov

Apply by calling 360-778-6102 to set up an appointment with the Whatcom County Health Department.

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 - March 2018

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

Youth Housing & Shelter

Northwest Youth Services (NWYS) serves young people ages 13-24 experiencing homelessness in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. In addition to housing, they offer street outreach, help finding a job or enrolling in school, connection to mental health services, support for LGBTQ youth, restorative justice for juvenile offenders, and referrals to other services in the community.

Whatcom Office: 1020 North State Street, Bellingham, WA

Whatcom Phone: 360-734-9862

Street Outreach: 360-389-0246 (call or text)

 

NWYS Emergency Housing

Minors - The PAD: 360-393-0116 (24 hour hotline)

Young Adults - HUSLY: 360-734-9862

 

Great Expectations provides temporary housing and support for pregnant women, whether they intend to parent or adopt.

Location: Lynden, WA

Phone: 360-354-9930

Renter & Homeowner Support

Eviction Prevention

Opportunity Council offers limited eviction prevention, rental assistance, and other services to prevent homelessness. Complete a screening at the Community Resource Center to see if your family is eligible for services.

Address: Opportunity Council, 1111 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA

Hours: 10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday

Phone: 360-734-5121 x370

Law Advocates Tenant Clinic is a drop-in clinic where lawyers consult with low income renters on a first-come, first-serve basis. This consultation service is for renters at risk of losing housing, and it can include: information about tenant-landlord laws; document review and advice; representation; and negotiation with landlord's attorney.

Address: Whatcom County Courthouse (5th Floor), 311 Grand Ave, Bellingham, WA

Hours: Refer to the online calendar


Foreclosure Prevention

Homeownership Assistance is a one-stop online resource center for homeownership and foreclosure information specifically for Washington residents.

Call 1-877-894-HOME (4663) to speak to a housing counselor and to access referrals for foreclosure mediation.

Northwest Justice Project provides free legal education, advice, and referrals to low-income people, including referrals for foreclosure mediation.

Hours: 9:15am - 12:15pm, Monday - Friday

Phone: 1-888-201-1014

Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center's Foreclosure Mediation Program helps homeowners explore alternatives to foreclosure and facilitates mediation between homeowners and the bank or company servicing their mortgage. To get started with foreclosure mediation, homeowners need to be referred to Department of Commerce by a housing counselor or an attorney.

Address: 13 Prospect St., Suite 201, Bellingham, WA

Hours: 10am - 5pm, Tuesday - Friday

Phone: 360-676-0122

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