Our emergency housing program provides short term housing for youth who are minors for up to 90 days. Emergency housing helps youth ages 13-17 reprieve and recover from crisis, access critical services and begin to set future goals for safety and stability.

The PAD (Positive Adolescent Development) is an emergency housing program in Bellingham that offers housing for youth between 13 - 17 years old. No application is required. 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.

The PAD - Emergency
Housing for Minors

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