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Support offered for severe weather shelter providers

When area winter weather results in extreme low temperatures, it has a significant impact on those experiencing homelessness. So Whatcom County Health Department officials have put out a call to organizations who will consider providing short-term, overnight shelter services during instances of severe weather this coming winter. 

Health Department officials say they are reaching out to partners who may be willing to consider providing short-term overnight shelter services during severe weather this coming winter. These services include shelter space, personnel or both if the capability exists.

Support for organizations interested in operating a severe weather shelter includes:

  • Connecting with trained individuals who can act as volunteer leads when the shelters are open
  • Financial assistance to purchase bottled water and packaged snacks
  • Custodial support

More details are provided in an invitation letter (PDF) and list of guiding assumptions (PDF) for shelter operations provided by the Health Department.

To sign up as a partner organization or ask questions, contact Ann Beck at or by calling 360-778-6055.

One Comment

  1. Karen Nipges September 9, 2019

    This is so needed in Ferndale, the Ferndale Resource Center can help with clothing and maybe blankets.. We also can help with shower passes and bus passes.

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