Learn About Homelessness
The Whatcom Homeless Service Center of the Opportunity Council publishes information on homelessness in our community including frequently asked questions, statistics on homelessness, plans and reports, and the Homeless in Bellingham film project. Visit their website to learn more.
Get Involved in the Conversation
The public is invited to attend meetings of the Whatcom County Coalition to End Homelessness. They meet the first Thursday of every other month to network, review services, and provide public information forums, training and advocacy to address the community’s homeless issues. They meet virtually at this time. FOr more information on how to join these meetings, please call the WHSC at 360-255-2091.
Volunteer or Donate
There are many local organizations and agencies who serve people in need in our community. The City of Bellingham partners with a variety of these organizations in different ways. We believe that a solution to the homeless crisis will take all of us, working together. Please consider donating your time or resources to one or several of these organizations to make a real and personal impact on the homeless crisis in Bellingham.
- Catholic Community Services / Catholic Housing Services
- Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services
- Interfaith Coalition
- Lighthouse Mission
- Lydia Place
- Northwest Youth Services
- Opportunity Council
- Sun Community Services
- Volunteer Center of Whatcom County
- Whatcom Homeless Service Center
Seek Help for a Person in Crisis
If you witness a medical emergency or see illegal behavior, please call 9-1-1 to report it. The City has other resources for less emergent situations including the Community Paramedic, and the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT).
The HOT team, operated by the Whatcom Homeless Service Center, offers outreach services to persons experiencing homelessness and can be reached at 360-312-3717. HOT hours are Monday and Friday from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Tuesday through Thursday from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Calls outside of this time will be responded to the following business day. A Crisis Prevention and Intervention Team is also available to support those experiencing a mental health crisis and can be reached at 360-752-4545.
The City of Bellingham follows an established process for accepting reports, monitoring and cleaning up unauthorized encampments on public and private property. Cleanup efforts are intended to help maintain public health and safety for all, including those living unsheltered. This work is coordinated by the Bellingham Public Works Department, in collaboration with other City departments and outreach services providers. For more information, see the City’s Unauthorized Encampments webpage.