|East Whatcom Regional Resource Center (EWRRC)|
For transportation to our shelter and warm up center please call (360) 599-2823 and speak with the Fire Department.
The Opportunity Council is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency serving homeless and low-income families and individuals. Our mission is to help people improve their lives through education, support, and direct assistance while advocating for just and equitable communities.
|12/01/2023||Community Resources, Education Resources, Emergency & Disaster Resources, Employment Resources, Food Resources, Housing Resources, Weather & Flood Resources||Cold, East County, Food Bank, Health, Ice, Kendall, Maple Falls, Services, Snow, Warming Station|
|American Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Services|
Northwest Region Disaster Relief and Recovery Website: https://www.redcross.org/local/washington/get-help.html
|12/01/2023||Community Resources, Emergency & Disaster Resources, Financial Resources, Housing Resources, Weather & Flood Resources||Disaster Recovery, Relief, Rescue, Support|
|Washington Connection: Your Link to Services|
Washington Connection offers a fast and easy way for families and individuals to apply for a variety of services such as Food, Cash, Child Care, Long-Term Care, and Medicare Savings Programs. Individuals that are age 65 or older, blind or disabled may also apply for medical assistance.
|12/01/2023||Community Resources, Education Resources, Emergency & Disaster Resources, Employment Resources, Financial Resources, Food Resources, Health & COVID 19 Resources, Housing Resources, Legal Resources, Weather & Flood Resources||Disaster Recovery, DSHS, Food, Health, Money, Relief, Services|
|DSHS Emergency Programs Application for Benefits|
|12/01/2023||Community Resources, Emergency & Disaster Resources, Food Resources, Health & COVID 19 Resources, Housing Resources, Legal Resources, Weather & Flood Resources||Disaster Recovery, Food, Health, Money, Relief, Services|
|Overnight Severe Winter Shelters 2024||
Overnight severe weather shelters will open in Bellingham and Ferndale on nights when weather conditions are severe. To find out if these are open, call the shelter hotline at (360)788-7983 or follow the link.
|11/22/2023||Community Resources, Emergency & Disaster Resources, Housing Resources, Weather Resources|
|Emergency Shelter Options for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness|
Emergency Shelters and Day Centers
|10/11/2023||Community Resources, Emergency & Disaster Resources, Housing Resources||Cold, Emergency, Freezing, Homeless, shelter, Snow, Volunteer, Warming Station, weather, Wind|
|Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS)||
Mailing Address: 1407 Commercial St. Bellingham, WA 98225
With one-to-one support and advocacy counseling, DVSAS can help you plan for your safety, answer legal questions, connect you with services like housing and counseling, and stand by you as you recover and heal from domestic violence and sexual assault. 24 Hour Helpline: 360.715.1563
|04/18/2023||Community Resources, Emergency & Disaster Resources, Financial Resources, Food Resources, Housing Resources, Legal Resources|
|Whatcom County World Relief||
World Relief’s Whatcom County location was approved by the U.S. State Department in September 2021. Shortly after the fall of Kabul and amidst many Afghans arriving to the U.S., our team began welcoming families in Bellingham and beyond.
Services in Whatcom:
|03/03/2023||Community Resources, Emergency & Disaster Resources, Housing Resources, Legal Resources|
|Veterans’ Assistance Fund||
If you’re a Whatcom County veteran, we can help you or your family access local, state, and federal benefits and services. You can receive assistance through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for: Health care Compensation and Pension Housing and Home Loans Employment Education Childcare
|10/13/2022||Community Resources, Education Resources, Employment Resources, Financial Resources, Health & COVID 19 Resources, Housing Resources, Weather & Flood Resources||Assistance, Burial, Compensation, Disaster Recovery, Financial, Health, Housing, Legal, Money, Pension, Transportation|
|Homeless Outreach Team|
Connecting persons experiencing homelessness with services and supporting community members in working through issues surrounding homelessness. Monday to Friday, 7AM – 5:30PM.
|10/13/2022||Community Resources, Emergency & Disaster Resources, Housing Resources|
|Economic Relief for Homeless Service Workers||
The Homeless Service Worker Stipend Program offers economic relief for homeless service workers up to $4,000.
Who is eligible for the homeless service workers stipend?
|10/13/2022||Community Resources, Financial Resources, Housing Resources|
|FLARE classes with the Opportunity Council||
FLARE is a FREE series of seven consecutive classes designed to increase adults’ knowledge on money habits, saving strategies, budget skills, credit, and landlord/tenant law.
Tuesdays, October 11-November 22, 2022 from 5:30-7:45. In-person at Opportunity Council, 625 Cornwall Ave. Dinner will be served. We are unable to provide childcare.
Contact Yarrow Greer at (360) 734-5121 ext. 1223 with any questions.
|10/13/2022||Community Resources, Education Resources, Financial Resources, Housing Resources|
|North Sound ACH Care Coordination Referral||
North Sound ACH Care Coordination Referral Form: https://northsoundach.org/referral/
North Sound ACH currently works with clinical and community organizations across five counties – Island, San Juan, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom. We partner across the state with other ACH regions, working to make Washington a place working to make the state a welcoming place for all.
Care Coordination Agencies:
Call, email, or use submission form to indicate areas of need and North Sound ACH staff will connect you to the appropriate resource(s). Examples of resources include:
|09/07/2022||Community Resources, Emergency & Disaster Resources, Financial Resources, Health & COVID 19 Resources, Housing Resources, Weather & Flood Resources||Food, Health, Housing|
|Rental assistance with the Bellingham Housing Authority (BHA)|
The Housing Choice Voucher program (Section 8) is a rent subsidy program funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by the Bellingham Housing Authority (BHA). This voucher based program is designed to assist lower income families, disabled individuals, and the elderly to find well-maintained housing in the private market in a location of their choosing, at a price they can afford.
Households generally pay private landlords no more than 40% of their income for rent and utilities. The household must agree to abide by rules and regulations in order to remain in compliance with the program and keep their rental assistance. Bellingham Housing Authority pays directly to the landlord the remainder of the rent over the resident’s portion, subject to Fair Market Rate caps. All subsidized units must meet HUD’s basic Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and are inspected regularly.
|06/17/2022||Community Resources, Housing Resources|