Emergency Shelter Options for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness (2020-2021)

The following actions are currently underway to increase emergency shelter in our community for people who are living homeless.


Regular, Year-Round Shelter – 24 hr/day

Men and Women’s Overnight Shelter and Day Center (Base Camp)

1530 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225

Operated by Lighthouse Mission Ministries (LMM) year-round

  • Up to 190 men and women can be accommodated at Base Camp each night.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served daily.
  • Base Camp is available for men and women during the day and offers services from partnering organizations.
  • For more information, visit www.thelighthousemission.org/what-we-do/base-camp/

Various Motels

Families with children, seniors, and other medically fragile adults are prioritized. 

  • Opportunity Council referral required.

Severe Weather Warming Site

Men and Women's Day Center and Overnight Site (Depot Market Square Site)

The severe weather warming site at Depot Market Square (1100 Railroad Avenue), is now closed. For more information, please visit cob.org/warming.

Winter Shelters

Base Camp Overflow

1530 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225

Operated by Christ the King in partnership with Lighthouse Mission

  • Winter overflow capacity at the former Drop-in Center; check-in at Base Camp is required.
  • Open December 2020 to February 2021, frequency is dependent on volunteer availability. 


  • Five additional emergency beds for single women who are homeless
  • Opened November 2nd
  • Opportunity Council referral required

You can learn more about winter shelter in Whatcom County in this FAQ.

What you can do to help:

If you or someone you know needs shelter:

For more information about what is being done to increase permanent shelter in our community: