Shelter Hotline number for all of Whatcom is 360-788-7983
WHATCOM — County severe-weather shelters were opened Sunday, Jan. 12, as cold temperatures hit, and they will operate whenever a temperature of 28°F is forecast as an overnight low and there is limited or no capacity at the Lighthouse Mission or Women’s Winter Shelter.
For now, though, the shelters are only in the Bellingham area.
A key communication hub is the Emergency Winter Shelter Hotline at 360-788-7983.
These are the options:
Seventh-Day Adventist Adult Shelter — This is at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 5321 Waschke Rd., off West Smith Road north of Bellingham. Additional details about this shelter location are available through the Emergency Winter Shelter Hotline at 360-788-7983.
Family Shelter — Garden Street United Methodist Church, 1326 N. Garden St., offers space for families with children to stay the night. To check in before 4 p.m. on a weekday, visit the Opportunity Council at 1111 Cornwall Ave. To check in after hours or on a weekend, call 360-593-7500 to see if space is available.
Adult Men’s Shelter — Christ the King Church operates a shelter for adult men. Guests must check in for this shelter by 6:30 p.m. at the “Jubilee Station” located near the Lighthouse Mission at 1012 W. Holly St. Participants will be transported to the shelter, located at CTK’s Norway Hall on North Forest Street.
FCC Adult Shelter — Fountain Community Church has a severe weather shelter for adults. Guests must check in for this shelter by 6:30 p.m. at the “Jubilee Station” on Holly Street. Guests will be transported to the shelter.
To get up-to-date shelter information, call the Emergency Winter Shelter Hotline at 360-788-7983.
Shelter is also available at:
• Lighthouse Mission Ministries Drop-In Center, 1013 W. Holly St.
• Civic Stadium Women’s Winter Shelter, housed in a stadium locker room.
• Northwest Youth Services Youth Winter Shelter, operated by First Congregational Church of Bellingham at 2500 E St.
These severe-weather shelters are coordinated by the Whatcom County Health Department and are run by volunteers. Precipitation and wind chill are also considered when activating severe-weather shelters on nights when the temperature threshold is not met. Up-to-date winter shelter information can be found at www.whatcomcounty.us/homelessshelter or by calling the Emergency Winter Shelter Hotline at 360-788-7983.