Additional shelter space opening during cold weather

Emergency shelter plan in operation

February 06, 2019 - by Vanessa Blackburn, Mayor's Office

An emergency winter shelter plan is being activated as current shelters reach capacity. The Lighthouse Mission Ministries, Fountain Community Church and the City of Bellingham have activated an overflow plan to open additional capacity in both an overnight shelter and day shelter.

LMM reported this morning that shelters were approaching capacity last night. While no one was turned away, to make space for additional guests tonight, Fountain Community Church will be opening additional shelter space at their church. The City of Bellingham will also make a meeting room available in the downtown library for the women staying at the Fountain Community Church shelter. This additional day center space will be managed by LMM and creates more space in the LMM Drop-In Center during the day.

LMM will continue to manage winter shelter operations, including check-in, through the Drop-In Center at 1013 W. Holly Street. This nighttime overflow plan will go into effect tonight to again ensure that no one requesting help is turned away.

For more information

For more information on the Lighthouse Mission Ministries overnight shelter and drop-in shelter, visit

For information on the City of Bellingham’s 2019 winter actions to address homelessness, visit

Media Contact

​Vanessa Blackburn, Communications Director
Mayor's Office
(360) 778-8115

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