Too many families in Whatcom County need a place to call home. Our program works to eliminate homelessness by offering safety and stability to families and children first, and then a launching point for reaching goals that will sustain self-sufficiency.
Our housing program is unique. Living in Interfaith housing, the family unit can stay intact. In shelters, males age 12 and older are separated from females. This means fathers with daughters are separated, and moms with teenage sons must live apart, too. We offer the only short-term housing for all types of struggling families to live together, except for a limited number of motel vouchers.
When a family moves into one of our homes, not only do we provide shelter — either temporary or for a longer, transitional period — but we also provide intensive case management. Case management with each family addresses the issues that led to homelessness. The goal is to set the family on a path back to self-sufficiency and their own home. We have a proven record of success.
Models to success
Through experience and innovative ideas from our member congregations, we’ve learned that not all solutions to homelessness look the same. We have a number of different models for providing housing to homeless children and their families.
With congregations, we manage two partnership houses: Our Saviour’s and Disciples House. We’ve also recently embarked on a partnership with the City of Ferndale, offering what has become our fourth home, Ferndale House, for families needing shelter in that city. Another model includes the eight Interfaith Homes under the ownership of Interfaith Coalition : a fourplex, a single-family home called Little House and a triplex called Our House in Ferndale. Soon we will launch Family Promise, yet another model in providing short-term housing.
Interfaith housing is the first step on a family’s path to starting over.