Our Rapid Re-Housing, Transitional, Permanent, and Temporary housing provide affordable housing opportunities for young adults. While accessing housing through Northwest Youth Services, all young people are supported by case managers, who assist youth in setting and achieving their individualized life goals. 

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Rapid Re-Housing

The Rapid Re-Housing Program is dedicated to youth who are moving out of unstable situations that resulted in them being temporarily homeless. This program offers lease support, housing financial assistance, deposit, and ongoing skill building in collaboration with Housing Case Managers.

Rapid Re-Housing is a quick path to independence for individuals facing housing instability in our community.

If you are a landlord or property manager in the community, you have the opportunity to participate in this program, ending experiences of homelessness for young people before they begin. Learn more today!

Transitional Housing

Available to youth ages 18-24,  our Transitional Living Program provides housing for 3-18 months, depending on youth’s identified goals and needs. During this time, youth work with an appointed case manager to achieve a more permanent housing option. Youth have the opportunity to learn tenancy skills, roommate and neighbor relations, budgeting and savings, and be supported with employment and education.

Permanent Housing

The Permanent Housing Program is for single or parenting individuals/families ages 18-24.


Northwest Youth Services staff assist youth in finding an affordable place to live while providing case management and  other supportive services.

- Staff assist youth in finding a house or apartment to

live by themselves or with a roommate.


- Youth are the leaseholders.


- Youth can remain in the unit for the life of the lease.


- Youth are offered temporary financial support if needed, while

working with Northwest Youth Services staff toward

paying for housing independently.

Permanent Supportive Housing

NWYS partners with other housing providers in the community to offer Permanent Supportive Housing and housing vouchers.  This includes 22 North as well as in apartment units in the Bellingham area. These programs offer wrap-around support services to help with long term housing stability and youth identified goals.

Temporary Housing for Young Adults

The HUSLY Shelter (Housing Under Served Low-Income Youth) is a temporary housing program for young adults ages 18 to 24.

There are two HUSLY Shelters, one located in Bellingham and another in Mount Vernon. We offer four beds at each location where young adults can stay for up to 90 days.  Note: HUSLY is accessed through our main application process and is NOT first come, first served.

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.​


The Lighthouse Mission in Bellingham and Friendship House in Mt. Vernon may be able to provide shelter more quickly.