The City of Bellingham, in partnership with Whatcom County and Lighthouse Mission Ministries, is working to relocate the Drop-In Center low-barrier emergency shelter facility to a new temporary location from its current temporary location at Bellingham High School.
Mayor Seth Fleetwood and the Bellingham City Council have approved a plan to relocate the Drop-In Center to the former location of the Bellingham Public Market on Cornwall Avenue. This action was made final at a special meeting of the Bellingham City Council on June 16. Video recording and summary of the June 16, 2020, special meeting.
Information and documents below will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.
Meeting Materials for City Council Special Meeting 6:00 p.m. June 16, 2020
- Meeting agenda and materials for the Bellingham City Council Special Meeting noticed for 6:00 p.m. June 16, 2020 are now posted on the City of Bellingham Meetings page.
City of Bellingham News Releases
- City, County, mission seeking new location for drop-in shelter: Former Bellingham Public Market building is preferred location (June 10, 2020)
- Next steps underway for shelter facility: Construction begins, permit process initiated, for COVID-19 emergency shelter use of downtown property (June 23, 2020)
Frequently Asked Questions
- FAQs (pdf) (updated August 26, 2020)
- June 24 Informational Meeting recording
- Notice of Application and Optional DNS Process (pdf)
- Bellingham City Council Special Meeting Notice for 6:00 p.m. June 16, 2020 (pdf) (June 11, 2020)
- Whatcom County Health Department statement about the need for an emergency shelter facility (pdf) (June 8, 2020)
- PeaceHealth letter of support (pdf) (June 10, 2020)
- Drop-In Center page of Lighthouse Mission Ministries website
- Whatcom County Health Department COVID-19 webpage
- Whatcom Unified Command website