BELLINGHAM – Northwest Youth Services plans to re-open its shelter for runaway and homeless youths by the end of January, more than a year after shuttering the program that had helped minors for 33 years.

Called Safe Home, it was the only emergency youth shelter in Whatcom County. It was among services affected when Northwest Youth Services had to make deep cuts to its programs after losing $1.7 million in funding.


When the six-bed shelter in Bellingham re-opens, it will have a new name – Positive Adolescent Development Program. It will serve Whatcom County children who are 13 to 17 years old and is being made possible largely through $150,668 a year, for three years, in federal funding.


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November 1, 2010

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