Whatcom Housing Programs

Come in to talk with a Case Manager Monday, Wednesday or Friday anytime between 9am-5pm, or Tuesday and Thursday from 1pm-5pm. For more information, or to apply for housing, visit our office or call us at:

1020 N. State Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 734-9862
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In Whatcom County, we offer three housing programs:


The PAD is an emergency housing program providing housing for 13-17 year olds.  The PAD is located above our 1020 North State Street office in Bellingham. No application required.

Staff are on-site 24 hours a day to talk to you and help you work on your goals.

24 hour PAD hotline: (360) 393-0116

In this program, you work with a case manager to create a plan for obtaining stable housing before you exit.  This program provides shelter, food, fun activities and school enrollment services.

  • You share a room.
  • No drugs or alcohol are allowed inside.
  • You work with a case manager to set goals and make progress towards your goals.

Transitional Housing

The Transitional Living Program (TLP) is an independent living program for homeless single or parenting individuals, ages 18-21 and 16-17 emancipated youth.  Northwest Youth Services provides homeless youth with an apartment, case management, life skills classes and supportive services.

  • You may share an apartment or house with someone of the same gender.
  • 30% of your monthly income is held in a NWYS savings account for you.
  • No drugs or alcohol are allowed in the apartment.
  • You work with a case manager to set goals and make progress towards your goals.
  • You will receive a mental health assessment, see a medical doctor, conduct a UA and engage in community services activities.

Permanent Housing

The Permanent Housing Program is for homeless single or parenting individuals ages 18-24.  NWYS assists homeless youth in finding an affordable place to live while providing case management and supportive services.

  • You sign your own lease.
  • We help you find a place in your price range or can find one on your own.
  • You work with a case manager to help you understand your lease and housing options.
  • Can be with a roommate or by yourself.
  • Can be a studio, one bedroom, two bedroom, etc. It’s up to you and your budget.