Resource Centers

Centers in Bellingham

DSHS (Department of Social and Health Services)

Address: 4101 Meridian Street, Bellingham
Hours: Monday - Friday 8am to 4pm
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

  • Information and assistance for seniors and adults with disabilities


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.

To check for an updated version, visit

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:
  • By Phone: 1-877-501-2233
  • In Person: Bellingham DSHS Office, 4101 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA
    • Walk-in hours Monday-Friday, 8am-2pm

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:

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


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 check for an updated version.

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


Solid Ground is a Seattle-based organization providing tenants the resources and tools they need to prevent eviction and ensure housing stability. Call their message-only phone line or refer to their online resources for tenants.

Tenant Services Hotline: 206-694-6767

Hours: Monday & Thursday 10:30am - 1:30pm; Wednesday 1:30 - 4:30pm


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 company servicing their mortgage. To access mediation, homeowners need to be referred to the 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


Home Repairs & Weatherization

Opportunity Council has a range of programs to contribute to the safety and comfort of low-income homes, as well as increase home energy conservation and efficiency.

Address: 1111 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham, WA

Hours: 10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday

Phone: 360-255-2192


Bellingham Home Rehabilitation Loan Program provides low-interest loans and support services for the rehabilitation of one- to four-unit family residences for low- and moderate-income households. Learn more and access the application online.

Email: Lisa Manos:

Phone: 360-778-8391


Clothing & Household Items

Low Cost Clothing Resources

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. Please call contacts below for more information. Sign-up dates will be announced before the end of the school year.

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

Accessing Health Care

Washington Health Plan Finder is an online marketplace to find, compare, and enroll in health insurance plans, including free or low-cost coverage. 

Phone Support: 1-855-923-4633


Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access (WAHA) connects people to care. They provide free and confidential information and resources to help individuals and families get, keep and use health care coverage. WAHA also helps patients navigate the health care system by providing assistance with finding a provider or accessing community resources.

Address: 800 E.Chestnut St., Lower Level, Suite 2, Bellingham, WA

Hours: 9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday

Phone: 360-788-6594


Local Health Centers

Unity Care NW offers medical, dental, and behavioral health services on a sliding fee scale.

Bellingham Medical Clinic: 200 Unity Street, Bellingham, WA

Phone: 360-676-6177

Ferndale Medical Clinic: 5616 3rd Ave, Ferndale, WA

Phone: 360-752-7410


SeaMar Community Health Centers offer medical, dental, and behavioral health services on a sliding fee scale.

Bellingham Medical Clinic: 4455 Cordata Parkway, Bellingham, WA

Phone: 360-671-3225

Everson Medical Clinic: 6884 Hannegan Rd, Everson, WA

Phone: 360-354-0766


Planned Parenthood offers general health care and sexual/reproductive health care services for people with private, state, or no insurance, on a sliding fee scale.

Address: 1530 Ellis Street, Bellingham, WA

Open: Monday - Saturday; Same-day and walk-in appointments may be available.

Phone: 360-734-9095


Assistance with Medical Bills

United Health Care Children's Foundation provides grants to help pay for medical needs of children in low-income families with private/commercial insurance. Learn more and apply for a grant online.


PeaceHealth - Patient Financial Assistance can be requested before, during, or after receiving medical care from PeaceHealth. Learn more and apply for assistance online.

Customer Service Phone Support: 1-877-202-3597


Washington Women in Need offers Health Care Grants to adult women with Apple Health or Medicare to help pay for medical services that are not covered by insurance. Learn more and apply for a grant online.


Dental Care


Some Local Programs Include:

Bellingham Technical College - Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene Program offers comprehensive dental care at a reduced fee. Minors must have guardian consent. Dental services provided by students are closely supervised by licensed staff and faculty.

Address: BTC Building C, 3028 Lindbergh Ave., Bellingham WA

Open: Monday - Friday, October - June

Phone: 360-752-8349


Access to Baby & Child Dentistry (ABCD) connects children 6 years and under (with Apple Health) to dentists who are specially trained to care for babies and young children. Covered dental services include: exams, cleanings, fluoride varnishes, and family oral health education.


Phone: 360-788-6594


Refer also to the Medical Care section above for information about Unity Care NW and SeaMar Community Health Clinics.


Mental Health

Getting Started

Clients with Medicaid & Medicare:

Clients without insurance:

  • Call Sea Mar Community Health Centers at (360) 788-2669 or Unity Care NW at (360) 788-2669 to connect with an insurance enrollment specialist.

Clients with private insurance:

  • Contact your insurance company to find out what your plan covers and which providers accept your insurance


Finding a Mental Health Counselor

Psychology Today offers a database of most mental health therapists in Whatcom County.

  • Some therapists may not be accepting new clients
  • Your insurance may not be accepted at all offices


Support Groups

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Whatcom offers multiple support groups for individuals and families living with mental illness and for people who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Address: 800 E Chestnut St. Suite 1C (inside Chestnut Professional Building), Bellingham, WA

Hours: 10am - 3pm, Monday - Friday

Phone: 360-671-4950

Family Care Network provides an online listing of a wide variety of support groups for individuals and families. Some groups include:

Brigid Collins Family Support Center supports families in various ways. One way is by teaching evidence-based positive parenting. That is an essential component to teaching children positive self-respect and empathy.

Crisis Response Services

For emergency situations and if someone is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.

If you are in crisis, feeling depressed or anxious, having thoughts of suicide, or worried about someone else, the following resources are available 24 hours a day:

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services: 360-715-1563 or 1-877-715-1563
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741
Crisis Chat: I'
Drug & Alcohol Treatment

If you have questions or concerns about your use of or dependency on alcohol, nicotine, or other drugs, consider talking to your doctor first. Additionally, some local resources include:

Catholic Community Services - Recovery Center offers a range of outpatient treatment services for youth and adults. Apple Health, private insurance, and payment plans accepted.

Address: 515 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, WA

Phone: 360-676-2187

Sea Mar - Chemical Dependency Services provide outpatient treatment and supports for adults. Medicaid and private insurance accepted, sliding-fee scale available.

Address: 3350 Airport Drive, Bellingham, WA

Phone: 360-734-5458

Waterfront Counseling in Blaine offers information, assessment, and outpatient treatment for youth and adults. Apple Health and private insurance accepted, and case-by-case rates available for those paying out of pocket.

Address: 228 Cherry St., Blaine, WA

Phone: 360-332-1000

For substance abuse, the WA Recovery Help Line, provides resources for families:  




Employment Support for Youth

NWYS Vocational Readiness Program supports youth in finding, applying, and interviewing for jobs.

Address: 1020 North State St., Bellingham, WA

Phone: 360-734-9862



WorkSource's young adult program serves youth ages 16-24 by providing paid internships, skill building, and job search strategies.

Address: 101 Prospect St., Bellingham, WA

Phone: 360-676-3230 (Young Adult Job Coach)


JobCorps is a free residential training and education program which connects youth ages 16-21 with the skills and educational opportunities they need to establish a career. The local branch is Cascades Job Corps College & Career Academy.

Address: 1950 Northern State Rd., Sedro WoolleyWA

Phone: 360-854-3400


Employment Support for Adults

WorkSource supports job-seekers in Washington with a wide range of employment and training services. Online and in-person services are available.

Address: 101 Prospect St., Bellingham, WA

Phone: 360-676-1521



Goodwill Job Training & Education Center offers free classes, workshops, and other support services to help people build work skills and find employment.

Address: 1115 E Sunset Dr., Bellingham, WA

Phone: 360-738-0483


Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET) Program provides training and education to Basic Food clients, with the goal of helping them to attain a living wage career. BFET services are available from all community and technical colleges as well as some community agencies in Whatcom County.

Address: DSHS Office, 4101 Meridian Street, Bellingham, WA
Phone: (877) 501-2233


Employment Support for Adults with Disabilities

Cascade Connections helps people with disabilities gain tools and knowledge to promote independent living and employment opportunities.

Bellingham Office: 1611 N. State St., Bellingham, WA

Phone: 360-647-9087

Ferndale Office: 1354 Pacific Place, Suite 101, Ferndale, WA

Phone: 360-714-9355


Kulshan Supported Employment provides vocational services to adults with developmental disabilities. Their goal is to help each client in our program find paid employment in our community.

Address: 310 Iowa St., Bellingham, WA

Phone: 360-676-9010



Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offers services designed to help people with disabilities prepare for, get, and keep a job.

Address: 4101 Meridian, BellinghamWA

Phone: 360-714-4136



Staffing Agencies (Temporary and/or Permanent Placements)

A.E.S., Inc. 

Address: 1200 Dupont Street, Suite 2A, Bellingham, WA

Phone: 360-734-8860

Command Center

Address: 1840 Iron St. Suite A, Bellingham, WA

Phone: 360-676-1666

Express Employment Professionals

Address: 4152 Meridian St., Suite 201, Bellingham, WA

Phone: 360-734-2457

Kelly Services

Address: 2211 Rimland Dr., Suite 411, Bellingham, WA

Phone: 360-647-2207


Address: 216 W Champion St., Bellingham, WA

Phone: 360-671-1977

People Ready

Address: 1530 Birchwood, Suite B, Bellingham, WA

Phone: 360-647-7642


Legal Assistance

Law Advocates provide free legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in Whatcom and Island counties. They help people to preserve their homes; navigate family law and guardianship; maintain their employment, healthcare, and livelihood; and shield themselves from domestic violence and fraudulent practices. 

Drop-In Events: Refer to the online calendar

Phone: 360-671-6079

Potential clients are encouraged to first call the CLEAR Hotline (Coordinated Legal Education Advice and Referral) to determine program eligibility.

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

CLEAR Hotline: 1-888-201-1014 


Washington Law Help is an online resource where you can learn more about legal issues, your rights, and where to find legal services near you.


Kinship Custody Clinic - offered one evening each month, free information and self-help legal assistance including:

  • Lean more about the procedures and issues associated with obtaining a non-parental custody order for a relative or other concerned person
  • Receive self-help assistance with court papers from a family law attorney
  • Learn how to go to court on your own to obtain a non-parental custody order
  • Call 360-671-6079 for eligibility screening and appointment



Financial Assistance & Literacy

Church-Based Financial Assistance is available in Whatcom County on a limited and case-by-case basis for emergency financial needs including gas, food, utilities, and IDs. Click on the attached document or visit the Opportunity Council for more information.

O.C. Walk-In Hours: Monday - Friday 10am to 4pm
O.C. Phone: (360) 734-5121


Whatcom Love, INC services include budget counseling, furniture program, small home repairs, and limited financial resources (for costs such as prescription co-pays, back-to-work needs, and transportation).

Address: 1998 Midway Ln, Bellingham, WA

Hours: 9am - 1pm, Monday - Thursday

Phone: 360-671-6201


Financial Literacy and Rental Education (FLARE) is a series of free classes designed to increase adults’ knowledge of money habits and attitudes, as well as developing skills and strategies for saving, tracking spending, budgeting, and renting.

Address: Opportunity Council, 1111 Cornwall Avenue, Suite C, Bellingham
Walk-In Hours: Monday - Friday 10am to 4pm
Phone: 360-734-5121, Ext. 223


The Whatcom Dream offers financial literacy classes, private financial coaching, support for first-time homeowners, and classes on overcoming barriers to housing, jobs and opportunities due to a conviction history.

Address: 2303 Moore St, Bellingham, WA 98229

Phone: 360-319-3759