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Basic Food Outreach

Provides information and direct application support that can help families and individuals obtain food stamps.   (360) 734-5121 ext. 224 (Whatcom County) (360) 679-6577 or 1-800-317-5427 (Island County)

Community Energy Challenge

Creating green jobs in the community through increasing energy efficiency in homes and small businesses throughout Whatcom County. (360) 676-6099 or visit

Community Resource Centers

Connects people with community resources to help meet basic needs such as food and housing, including referrals for housing and rental assistance.   1111 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham 12 – 4 p.m. for walk-in appointments M-F (360) 734-5121 ext. 370   1791 N.E. 1st Ave., Oak Harbor 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. or walk-in appointments M-F (360) 679-6577 or 1-800-317-5427   8251 Kendall Rd. Maple Fall 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or walk-in appointments M-F (360) 599-3944   In San Juan County, we contract with local Resource Centers to provide services: Orcas Community Resource Center, 1292 North Beach Rd., Eastsound (360)…
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Dorothy Place

A secure 22-unit facility in Bellingham that provides support services and housing for families and individuals who have experienced or are survivors of domestic violence. Support services include case management, vocational classes, goal setting as well as activities to help children develop skills and learn to respect themselves and others.   (360) 734-5121 ext. 370 (Whatcom County)

Early Head Start

Serves pregnant women, children ages birth to three and their families. Services include prenatal education, health and nutrition services, family development support, and home visits focusing on child development and quality early education. This program is for income eligible families. (360) 734-8396 (Whatcom County)

Employment Case Management

Provides one on one employment support to housing program participants and group classes to WorkFirst and housing program participants.  Classes include resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, workplace communication, cultural awareness, and computer lab job search. (360) 734-5121 (Whatcom County)  

Financial Literacy and Renter Education (F.L.A.R.E.)

Financial Literacy and Rental Education (F.L.A.R.E.) is a series of FREE classes designed to increase adults’ knowledge of their individual money habits and attitudes, saving strategies, tracking spending, budget skills and credit along with the basic skills to become a competent renter. F.L.A.R.E. counts as a WorkFirst activity for TANF participants.  For information about classes contact: Whatcom County Emily Hermansen at (360) 734-5121 ext. 223 Island County  Melissa Brown at (360) 679-6577 ext. 135

Healthy Homes

Provides education, tools and home improvements to help reduce asthma triggers and improve indoor environments. (360) 255-2192 (Whatcom County), (360) 679-6577 or 1-800-317-5427 (Island County), 1-888-586-7293 (San Juan County)

Homeless Housing

Provides support services and housing for families and individuals. Our housing facilities in Whatcom and Island Counties include short-term emergency housing, transitional housing, and permanent housing. Whatcom County – (360) 734-5121 ext. 370 Island County- (360) 679-6577 or 1-800-317-5427 In San Juan County we provide homeless prevention, re-housing and support services working through the resource centers on San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez Islands. Call for more information. San Juan Family Resource Center – (360) 378-5246 Orcas Community Resource Center – (360) 376-3184 Lopez Island Family Resource Center – (360) 468-4117