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The Oak Bridge Shelter assists more than 385 youth in crisis every year

The recognition that Southwest Washington had no community-based services to help homeless and runaway at-risk youth and their families led to the opening of the area’s first-ever emergency shelter in 1996.  That first step to provide safety off the streets and help for Southwest Washington youth ages 9 to 17 and their families, has grown into a coordinated continuum of services that today includes street outreach, a day-time drop-in center, an emergency shelter and housing programs that now serve thousands of young people and their families from across the Southwest Washington region every year.

Outreach workers connect with youth and young adults ages 12-24 who are living on the streets or in other high-risk situations. The focus of outreach is to build trusting, professional relationships with young people while also attending to their basic needs. Outreach staff provide hygiene, first-aid, safer sex supplies, water, snacks, socks and cold weather gear directly to youth in need. Youth also receive immediate access to information, community resource referrals and direct crisis intervention.

Clark County (call/text): (360) 314-5716 or visit https://www.facebook.com/Perch.YBR.WA

Cowlitz County (call): (360) 353-5545 or visit https://www.facebook.com/jypcowlitzcounty

Sottera Project (call/text): (360) 998-0817 (specialized support for victims of sex trafficking in Cowlitz County)


Located in downtown Vancouver, The Perch is a drop-in day shelter for youth and young adults (ages 12-24) who are experiencing homelessness or unstable housing. The program offers a dry, warm, safe place where youth have access to a bathroom, shower, laundry facilities, computer, phone, wi-fi, meals and skilled staff to help them problem solve and connect with additional resources.

Call/text: (360) 314-5716 or visit https://www.facebook.com/Perch.YBR.WA


The original program we opened in Southwest Washington and the first crisis intervention shelter of its kind in the Clark County area of Washington State, Oak Bridge serves both state-dependent and non-state involved youth ages 9 to 17 and their families. Accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Oak Bridge provides a warm bed, meals/snacks, crisis support, family reunification and mediation services, social skills training, education and connection to aftercare resources. Over 3,700 youth have passed through Oak Bridge since it opened in 1996.

Call: (360) 891-2634 or 1(888) 979-4357 (toll free)


Located on the border of Kelso and Longview, the Janus House is a drop-in outreach center for youth and young adults (ages 12-24) who are experiencing homelessness or unstable housing. The program offers a dry, warm, safe place where youth have access to a bathroom, shower, laundry facilities, computer, phone, wi-fi, meals and skilled staff to help them problem solve and connect with additional resources. Janus House also hosts The Beacon Support Group (part of The Jordan Project) for youth ages 13-20 who are seeking recovery and connection with the community. 

Call: (360) 353-5545


A six month program working with youth ages 18 to 24, The Nest provides basic financial and case management support for youth who are ready to live independently but cannot afford the initial move-in costs of an apartment.

For a referral and details call the Housing Solutions Center: (360) 695-9677


Connections is a Permanent Supportive Housing program for young adults 18-25 who have experienced extensive homelessness coupled with a diagnosed disability. Youth are referred into the program from the Housing Solutions Center and are assessed based on disabilities, length of homelessness and other barriers. For a referral and details, call the Housing Solutions Center: 360-695-9677.

For a referral and details call the Housing Solutions Center: (360) 695-9677


Bridges is a homeless prevention program aimed to assist individuals with rental assistance and case management to maintain current living situations. Participants are in an apartment/house and at eminent risk of losing their residency.

For a referral and details call the Housing Solutions Center: (360) 695-9677


Caples Terrace is a 28-unit apartment building for youths ages 18-24 who are transitioning out of foster care, in extended foster care or are currently experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Individuals living at Caples Terrace 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 provides building and rent subsidies.

Email: WAreferrals@janusyouth.org


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 provides building and rent subsidies.

Email: WAreferrals@janusyouth.org