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A photo of the PAD house in the winter with snow on the ground.


The PAD - Emergency Housing for Minors

The PAD (Positive Adolescent Development) is an emergency housing program in Bellingham that offers housing for minors, ages 13-17 years for up to 90 days. Emergency housing helps youth reprieve and recover from crises, access critical services, and begin to set future goals for safety and stability.

No application is required but a formal intake process with our staff is necessary. Staff are on-site and available 24 hours a day to support any youth in crisis.

In this program, youth work with a case manager to create a plan for obtaining stable housing before they exit and set goals to work toward throughout their stay.


The PAD provides food, clothing, and a safe place to live for every youth who enters the program. Youth have support enrolling in school, obtaining employment, setting up medical appointments, and learning the skills necessary to live independently.

Skagit teens can access the Oasis Teen Shelter in Mt. Vernon.Call (360) 202-6311 for information.

24 hour PAD hotline 
Call: (360) 393-0116

If you have questions or concerns about the PAD please email:

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