Housing Resources

Housing Resources
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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.
EWRRC Website (Opportunity Council): https://www.oppco.org/ewrrc/
EWRRC Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/EWRRC
8251 Kendall Road, Maple Falls, WA – (360) 599-3944
The East Whatcom Regional Resource Center (EWRRC) is open to everyone. Feel free to stop by and get support if you need it. In extreme cold weather, if you are safer to stay home please do stay home!
Open Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00 am-12:00 pm & 1:00-4:00 pm
Open Thursdays 12:00-7:00 pm
Google Map: click here.

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.
For over 50 years we have offered a broad scope of services that range from addressing immediate and crisis-oriented needs (food, emergency shelter, eviction-prevention) to longer-term programs that promote self-sufficiency in our community (early childhood education, home weatherization).

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Washington Connection: Your Link to Services

Website: https://www.washingtonconnection.org/home/

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.
Benefits and Programs you can apply for: https://www.washingtonconnection.org/home/availablebenefits.go

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Veterans’ Assistance Fund

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3301/Veterans-Program

360-778-6050

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

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Homeless Outreach Team

360-312-3717
https://www.oppco.org/whsc/

Connecting persons experiencing homelessness with services and supporting community members in working through issues surrounding homelessness. Monday to Friday, 7AM – 5:30PM.

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Economic Relief for Homeless Service Workers

https://www.homelessworkerstipend.com/

(855) 582-3973

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?
If you are a homeless service worker with an immediate economic need and you are working for an organization that contracts with a Washington state city or county providing homeless services, you may qualify!

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FLARE classes with the Opportunity Council

https://www.oppco.org/flare-registration/

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.

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Emergency Shelter Options for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

Link: https://cob.org/services/housing/homeless/shelter-resources
Phone: (360) 778-8000
Address: 1530 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225

Emergency Shelters and Day Centers
The City of Bellingham partners with and/or provides funding to several organizations that provide emergency overnight shelter and day center accommodations for people experiencing homelessness.

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North Sound ACH Care Coordination Referral

North Sound ACH Care Coordination Referral Form: https://northsoundach.org/referral/
Address: 1204 Railroad Ave., Suite 200 Bellingham WA 98225
Phone: (360) 543-8858
E-mail: info@NorthSoundACH.org

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:
1. Distributing food kits, care kits
2. Providing hotel vouchers
3. Connecting to navigators in multiple languages throughout the North Sound

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Rental assistance with the Bellingham Housing Authority (BHA)

(360) 676-6887
208 Unity Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

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.

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DSHS Emergency Programs Application for Benefits

Website: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/node/62
Download Application in 12 languages
Emergency Programs Offered include: Medical Programs, Emergency Food Assistance, Emergency Cash Assistance

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American Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Services

Northwest Region Disaster Relief and Recovery Website: https://www.redcross.org/local/washington/get-help.html
Northwest Region Website: https://www.redcross.org/local/washington.html
Northwest Region Disaster Relief and Recovery Phone: (206)-323-2345

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