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HOUSING

For individuals and families experiencing homelessness, or at risk of becoming homeless, Opportunity Council may be able to help.

Help Paying Rent
Homeless Services
Other Services

From help paying rent to transitional and permanent housing, and other prevention and housing services—skilled Opportunity Council case managers and staff are available to help people navigate the complex system of available services to find their way home.

Housing Services

Resource Centers by Location

Opportunity Council’s Resource Centers can offer resources, support, and guidance for anyone living in Whatcom, Island, or San Juan Counties. For help with housing or questions about other services, please contact the Resource Center in your area.

  • Island County Community Resource Center: (360) 679-6577 or 1-800-317-5427

  • Orcas Community Resource Center: (360) 376-3184

  • Lopez Island Family Resource Center: (360) 468-4117

  • San Juan Family Resource Center: (360) 378-5246

  • Whatcom County Community Resource Center:  (360) 734-5121

  • For TTY services, go to www.washingtonrelay.com.
    For TTY phone access call 711 or 1 (800) 833-6384.

Rental Assistance

Opportunity Council may be able to help pay your rent during a time of financial need. If you are experiencing a short-term financial crisis due to unexpected expenses – such as medical bills, auto repair, or loss of income – Opportunity Council may be able to help you pay one month’s rent so that you are able to stay in your home. For more information, please visit our Rental Assistance Page. 

Eviction & Homelessness Prevention

Preventing homelessness costs at least five times less than helping a family regain stable housing after it is lost. When a family is in danger of losing its home in a crisis, Opportunity Council may be able to help. Please contact the closest Opportunity Council Resource Center for help or more information.

  • (360) 734-5121 for more information (Whatcom County)

Dorothy Place

A secure 22-unit facility in Bellingham is one of our programs 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, and goal setting.

  • (360) 734-5121 for more information (Whatcom County)

Marjie’s House

A housing facility in Oak Harbor that provides support services and housing for women and children.  Support services include case management, vocational classes, and goal setting.

  • (360) 679-6577 or 1-800-317-5427 (Island County)

Supportive Services for Veteran Familes (SSVF)

The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program provides housing and support services to those who have served in active military, naval or air service and their families.   The program aims to serve those that are at risk of homelessness or who are homeless.

  • (360) 734-5121 (Whatcom County)

  • (360) 679-6577 (Island County)

  • For TTY services, go to www.washingtonrelay.com.
    For TTY phone access call 711 or 1 (800) 833-6384.

Whatcom Homeless Service Center

This program provides a coordinated entry to local housing programs such as eviction prevention, rental assistance and other services to prevent and end homelessness using “housing-first” strategies.

The Whatcom Homeless Service Center is housed at the Opportunity Council and supported with funds made available through the Department of Commerce; State of Washington; Whatcom County; City of Bellingham and other public and private sources.

WHSC Homeless Outreach Team

An outreach program in Bellingham connecting persons experiencing homelessness with services and supporting community members in working through issues surrounding homelessness.

ASL Services

A current list of Opportunity Council programs and services is available in American Sign Language

ASL

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