Bellingham homeless shelters open as temperatures dip below freezing.


BELLINGHAM - Interfaith Coalition's severe weather shelters will open beginning Monday night, Feb. 3, as temperatures dip far below freezing this week.

Homeless people and families are welcome for warmth and food from 5 p.m. until 8 a.m. at two shelter sites.

The men's shelter is at Faith Lutheran Church, corner of McLeod and Northwest Roads. The women's and children's shelter is at Garden St. United Methodist Church, corner of Garden and Magnolia Streets. Salt on the Street ministries provides transportation between 5-8 p.m. with pick-ups at the Rainbow Center, 209 W. Holly Street, and Church on the Street, 901 W. Holly Street.

Overnight lows in the teens are forecast through the week, according to the National Weather Service. Daytime highs will be in the low 30s. Skies will be fair, with no rain predicted.

Interfaith Coalition's shelters open during snowstorms and very cold weather. The coalition will be monitoring the weather this week to see how long the shelters will remain open. Call the shelter hot line at 360-788-7983 for current information.

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