Janus Youth Programs has partnered with the Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) to create low-income, low-barrier housing for homeless youth. Four years ago, Janus successfully partnered with the VHA to create Caples Terrace Apartment and assisted homeless youth in getting off the streets and into housing. The VHA has partnered with Janus once again to create Nam’u qas.
Nam’u qas is a 30 unit apartment building for youth ages 18-24 who are transitioning out of foster care, in extended foster care, or are currently experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Youth living at Nam’u qas will have access to supportive staff who will help them learn valuable household management skills and provide the stability and support to help them reach their long-term goals. The VHA will provide building and rent subsidies. The average length of stay for youth is two years, but there is no time limit. The name Nam’u qas comes from the Salish word for “hope.” Salish is one of the primary languages spoken by the Cowlitz tribe.