Young and homeless in Bellingham.

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Of the 700+ people unsheltered on any given day in Bellingham, 23% are under 18; 13% between 16-24. More than 40% of youth report a mental health disability; less than 1% have been released from juvenile detention.

2016 Homeless Count Report

National picture of youth homelessness

 

How will the church be involved with Northwest Youth Services or future tenants?

This is a secular project. The church’s role is limited to providing fabulous, rent-free space to Northwest Youth Services, or, should the time come when they no longer need the space, another nonprofit serving our community with justice work. No religion, just space.

 
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“We are keenly aware of the cost of housing, lack of affordable housing and the myriad of challenges our homeless and youth-at-risk face every day.

We see the strong need for a safe and supportive place for our vulnerable and susceptible younger generation to find safe haven and the wherewithal to assist in their on-going transition into the positive and productive foundation of our community.

This project will result in a positive and significant impact on our community.”

Colleen Baldwin
CEO and Owner, Whatcom Land Title