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Community Resource Directories
- The Opportunity Council maintains a community resource list for services and organizations providing assistance during the COVOID-19 response period.
Coronavirus Scam Information
For Washington Residents impacted by COVID-19
- COVID-19 Resource List for Impacted Washington Businesses and Workers
- Port of Bellingham Economic Impact and Resources
- Statewide financial resources for Washington residents
- Washington State Employment Security Department Unemployment Assistance for workers
- Washington State Employment Security Department Worker Q&A
Support with Credit Card Payments
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Orders 60 Day foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Mortgage Loan Information
- HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agencies in Washington
Food and Meal Support
On March 23, Governor Inslee announced a Stay Home, Stay Healthy order for all Washington residents. We know this is a disruptive change for many of us, especially with how we access food resources. Food supply operations – including hunger relief and nutritional support services – are essential services that are allowed to remain open and operational throughout this order. This may be dependent on each individual agency’s ability to maintain continuity of operations.
Below, you will find links to local food resources. This list is not exhaustive and is ever evolving. Please visit each site and contact food bank operators to learn more about changes in food distribution.
- Food access information and a food and meal resource guide for the COIVD-19 emergency response period from the Whatcom Asset Building Coalition
- Food Banks
- Bellingham Food Bank
- Bellingham Food Bank has updated their information about their operations for distribution.
- Blaine Food Bank
- Ferndale Food Bank
- Foothills Food Bank
- Foothills Food Bank has updated their information for distribution on their website.
- Lynden Project Hope
- Salvation Army
- The Salvation Army is operating a food bank at 2912 Northwest Ave. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for seniors and others with vulnerable health. They offer pre-boxed and pre-bagged food using a drive-through setup and a walk-up line marked for safe social distancing. All Whatcom County residents can come once per week, regardless of whether or not you have received food from another food bank.
- Bellingham Food Bank
- Guidance for Donated Food Distribution Organizations during statewide closure from the Whatcom County Health Department
- Guidance for Safely Sharing Food with Your Neighbors during statewide closure from the Whatcom County Health Department
- School District Food Distribution
- Bellingham School District Food Distribution – in FAQ section
- Blaine School District Food Distribution
- Ferndale School District Food Distribution
- Lynden School District Food Distribution
- Meridian School District Food Distribution
- Mount Baker School District Food Distribution – see homepage
- Nooksack School District Food Distribution – see homepage
Parks and Recreation
Getting some fresh air during this time is encouraged. Here’s how to engage with your local parks in a safe way.
- Local trails are still open however playgrounds, sports courts and other public activity spaces are closed.
- Unnecessary driving is discouraged. Walk over to your neighborhood park. Don’t have a park close by? Walk around your neighborhood instead
- Remember to stay six feet away from others when using trails.
- Be prepared for limited access to restrooms and water fountains.
- Northwest Youth Services
- Coping with COVID-19 (UW Counseling Center) (PDF)
- National Alliance on Mental Illness COVID-19 Information and Resources
- Taking care during social distancing, quarantine, & isolation (SAMHSA)
- COVID-19 related stress, anxiety, and feelings of isolation (CDC)
- Mental health risks and coping strategies (NAMI)
- COVID-19 Emotional Support Line: 1-866-342-6892 available 24/7 for free to everyone
- Crisis Phone Line 1-800-584-3578
- Crisis Support inhttp://1-866-342-6892 Spanish 1-888-628-9454
- Crisis Text Line, text HOME to 741741
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8225
- ImHurting Crisis Chat
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (services available in Spanish and for D/HH)
- Perinatal Support WA’s parent warm line 1-888-404-7763
- Whatcom NAMI support groups 1-360-671-4950
Substance Abuse Support
- Cleaning Products effective against novel coronavirus (EPA Guidelines)
- Cleaning Guidelines (CDC)
- How to Protect Yourself (CDC)
- Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement of a temporary moratorium on evictions
- Housing Counseling from HUD
Short Term and Emergency Loans for Small Businesses
Student Loans Deferment
School District Information
- Bellingham Public Schools
- Mt. Baker School District
- Ferndale School District
- Blaine School District
- Lynden School District
- Meridian School District
- Nooksack Valley School District
Travel Guidelines and Information
- The Cities of Bellingham, Blaine, Ferndale and Lynden are all waiving late fees and suspending water shutoffs. Additional information is available on their city websites:
- If you need assistance with your energy bill, here is the Opportunity Council Energy Assistance Program
- Utility COVID-19 response pages:
- If your utility provider is not listed here, contact your provider for more information about their specific COVID-19 response.
Help and assistance for individuals and families who feel unsafe in their homes.
- Local and national resources for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors:
- Brigid Collins Family Support Center offers individualized support and resources to families in Whatcom and Skagit counties. To speak to staff in the Whatcom County office call 360-734-4616.
- Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services offers support to adults experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault and sexual exploitation. To speak to staff call the 24-hour phone hotline at 360-715-1563.
- Lummi Victims of Crime offers a variety of support for adults and adolescents who have been affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and other violent crimes. To speak to staff call the 24-hour phone hotline at (360) 312-2015.
- If at any time you are questioning the safety of adults or children, Adult Protective Services and Child Protective Services may be the appropriate and necessary option.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline offers support through the chat feature on the website or over the phone at 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY).
- API Chaya specializes in supporting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking with people from or affiliated with Asian, Pacific Islander, and Middle Eastern communities.