NWYS Continuum of Care

At Northwest Youth Services, we serve youth with a wide variety of needs and goals, and strive to meet youth “where they’re at”. Our continuum of care offers many opportunities for youth to feel safe, heard, and valued, and help youth not only survive, but thrive, as independent members of our community.

Street Outreach

Detour Street Outreach Program (Whatcom)

Detour Street Outreach Program exists to care for the basic needs of runaway, homeless, at-risk and exploited youth in Whatcom County ages 13-25 years old. We support youth by building trusting relationships with safe adults who help provide for basic needs like food, blankets, toiletries and clothing. Street Outreach Workers also provide extended support for youth through referrals into the various housing and support programs at Northwest Youth Services, as well as guided referrals to appropriate local providers outside of NWYS. In the NWYS office, the Street Outreach team also provides access to snacks, showers, computer and phone use, and a quiet room.


The PAD Program (Whatcom)

The PAD (which stands for Positive Adolescent Development) is an emergency housing program. This program provides housing for 13-17 year olds for twenty-one days. In this program, youth work with a case manager to create a plan for obtaining stable housing. This program provides shelter, food, fun activities and school enrollment services.

HUSLY Emergency Shelter (Whatcom & Skagit)

The HUSLY Emergency Shelters (Housing Under Served Low-Income Youth) are emergency housing opportunities for young adults ages 18 to 25. The two HUSLY Emergency Shelters are located in Whatcom County and Skagit County. Each shelter has 4 beds, and youth can stay for up to 90 days. In this program, youth work with a Case Manager to evaluate their longer-term housing options. Youth also have access to other NWYS support services such as employment and education support.

Transitional Living (Whatcom & Skagit)

The Transitional Living Program (TLP) is an independent living program for homeless single or parenting young adults (ages 18-21 in Whatcom; 18-25 in Skagit; 16-17 emancipated youth) available in both Whatcom and Skagit Counties. NWYS provides young people with an apartment, case management, and other supportive services.

Permanent Housing (Whatcom & Skagit)

The Permanent Housing Program is for homeless single or parenting individuals (ages 18-25) in Whatcom County. NWYS assists young people in finding an affordable place to live while providing case management and supportive services.

Support Services

Vocational Readiness (Whatcom & Skagit)

The Vocational Readiness program supports NWYS program participants in exploring and identifying strengths and interests, building self-confidence and developing the skills and relationships necessary to achieve and maintain sustainable employment and become self-sufficient. Currently our programming consists of the following aspects supporting employment readiness: One-on-one employment and education support, the We Grow Garden, and Youth Jobs.

Teen Court (Whatcom)

Teen Court is a youth-run court in which youth offenders are held accountable for their actions by a jury of their peers. Teen court is based upon the philosophy of ‘restorative justice’ rather than ‘punishment’. This program offers all participants, volunteers as well as offenders, the unique opportunity to learn about the consequences of criminal behavior and how it affects their community.

Queer Youth Project (Whatcom & Skagit)

The Queer Youth Project (QYP) serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth (ages 13-25) by offering family reunification services, safe referrals to culturally competent service providers, and fun social activities for LGBTQ youth. The Queer Youth Project also offers LGBTQ Youth Resiliency trainings to the community.