Housing Programs

Emergency Housing, Permanent Supportive Housing, and Senior Housing Programs

YWCA Bellingham offers three different housing programs for women experiencing homelessness: 

  • Emergency housing

  • Senior emergency housing (specifically for women ages 55+)

  • Permanent supportive housing

These programs provide women in need safe shelter and case management, while also connecting them with appropriate resources and services to help them become self-supporting. The average stay is about 90 days in emergency shelter, and 24 months in the permanent supportive housing program. These programs are supported through a combination of resident program fees, grants from public and private sources,  and other community contributions. Some of the agencies we partner with include Compass Health, Unity Care, Bellingham and Whatcom County Housing Authority, and Opportunity Council. 

Steps to apply for housing:

YWCA Bellingham takes all housing intakes from the Whatcom Homeless Service Center within the Opportunity Council. Go to the Whatcom Homeless Service Center in person to fill out an application, or call them for more information.

Opportunity Council

Phone: (360) 734 – 5121

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm*

*these hours may be reduced due to COVID-19

Address: 1111 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225

Whatcom Homeless Service Center

Phone: (360) 255 – 2091

Hours: Monday – Friday, 12pm – 4pm*

*these hours may be reduced due to COVID-19

Address: 1111 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225