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Crisis Services

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

Whatcom County Community Resource Directory
A directory of resources for basic needs, childcare resources, food, housing, energy assistance

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

Food and Meal Resources in Whatcom County

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)

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

Homeless Housing Guide
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.

For current information on which shelters are open go to the Whatcom County Health Department’s website or call the Emergency Winter Shelter Hotline (360) 788-7983.

Access to Showers, Laundry, and Free Toiletries
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