Find immediate services for shelter, food, clothing, and mental health care.
Severe weather emergency shelters will operate when a temperature of 28°F is forecasted as the overnight low. Precipitation and wind chill will also be considered when activating severe weather shelters. Community partners who operate the shelters determine which populations they serve. For more information, contact Whatcom County Health Department, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not all locations will operate daily during severe weather conditions. Details about which shelters are currently open and their operating hours will be updated daily on the Whatcom County Health Department’s website and an Emergency Winter Shelter Hotline at (360) 788-7983.
Access to Showers
Patrons can ask for a YMCA shower pass at the Help Desk at the Bellingham Public Library 210 Central Avenue location. Click on the link above to locate additional shower facilities and where to get free vouchers for showers in Whatcom County.
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
Hot Meals and Food Banks
Free hot meals and food resources in Whatcom County. These lists are compiled by the Whatcom Anti-Hunger Coalition.
Food and Meal Resources in Whatcom County
Recursos de Comidas en el Condado de Whatcom
Call Tutu’s Whatcom County Free Food Hotline 360-788-7328 (recording split up by days of week)
National Hopeline Network
Online network that uses chat and instant messaging to respond to people in crisis
Northwest Youth Services
Help for teens, LGBTQ teen support, housing
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
A 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to housing every person who is homeless, starting with Whatcom County. HomesNow! is also currently taking applications for a temporary tent city called Winter Haven.