The Supportive Services Program is a collaboration with the Bellingham/ Whatcom County Housing Authorities who contracts with Lydia Place to provide services to homeless individuals and families placed in 61 permanent supportive housing units around Bellingham. Each unit comes with a rental subsidy based on household income and there is no time limit on how long an individual or family can stay. However, the goal of supportive services is to help our clients find sustained independence so they no longer need the financial or programmatic support attached to these units.
While living in these units, Lydia Place case managers work with the individual or family to identify and overcome the circumstances that led to homelessness. Support includes legal advocacy, financial empowerment, domestic violence support, parenting support, employment advocacy, life skills classes, referrals for physical/mental health needs and chemical dependency treatment/counseling, and much more.
In 2013, Lydia Place was excited to take on 18 additional units through the BWCHA project at Orleans Place. From July 1st 2012 – June 30th 2013 Lydia Place served 80 households through the Supportive Services Program.