Housing & homelessness
The Perch - Janus Youth Programs
The Perch is a daytime drop-in center assisting homeless youth ages 15-24 in Clark County, Washington. Beyond providing a safe space where youth can find refuge from the streets, youth coming into The Perch have access to the most fundamental level of support to meet their basic needs including meals, clothing, showers, and laundry. Most importantly, The Perch affords youth an environment of respect where they have immediate access to caring staff who seek to build respectful relationships that will help youth prepare for exiting street life. Once a youth is ready to leave the streets, Perch staff work to connect them with transportation, legal identification, health care, mental health and addiction services, education, employment, shelter, and housing resources.
The Perch is located at 1501 Columbia Street, Vancouver, WA 98660, and can be accessed Monday to Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Oak Bridge Youth Shelter - Janus Youth Programs
Accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Oak Bridge provides family reunification and mediation services, social skills training, education and aftercare support. Oak Bridge is able to serve both state-dependent and non-state involved youth ages 9 to 17 and their families. Youth can self-refer into the program, and will require parent permission within 72 hours of intake to stay at Oak Bridge. While staying at Oak Bridge, youth will continue going to their home school (if in Clark County) or will be required to attend an in-house school program. This is a structured program so youth will need staff permission to go on outings.
Contact Oak Bridge at 360-891-2634, or toll-free at 1-888-979-4357.
YWCA SafeChoice Domestic Violence Shelter
Domestic violence is emotional, verbal, or physical abuse that happens between partners. Abuse may take the form of name-calling, put-downs, threats, hitting, shaking, isolation, unwanted sexual contact, and more. The abuse usually happens more than once and results in fear of or control by the abuser. The SafeChoice and SafeChoice LGBTQ Programs commit to advocate for, educate, and support those affected by domestic violence. They strive to collaborate with community partners to present the most helpful resources, information, and education about domestic violence.
for immediate assistance
call YWCA's 24-hour crisis hotline (they accept collect calls) (360) 695-0501
toll free 1 (800) 695-0167
for life threatening situations, call 911
Washington State DV Hotline 1 (800) 562-6025
YWCA Clark County's SafeChoice Program offers a variety of services to provide assistance when you need it most. From one-to-one appointments to support-group sessions to walk-in/phone-in advocacy, when you are in crisis, they want to respond with the services appropriate for your immediate needs. Their 24-hour crisis hotline is available for education, support, safety planning, and additional information about how they can help you and your family.
Their gender inclusive domestic violence shelter provides emergency shelter for those fleeing physical, emotional, and verbal abuse. You may stay up to 60 days in their safe, secure shelter location. Children and parents staying at the shelter have access to the Children's Advocacy Program (CAP), which assists families in dealing with the effects of domestic violence.
Advocacy sessions enable you to meet one-to-one with well-trained staff members who will offer support, education and resources. Their legal advocacy services provide information and assistance in completing protection orders, and may provide court accompaniment to Protection Order Court at the Clark County Courthouse.
Support groups are no-charge, and provide weekly drop-in support for survivors experiencing verbal, emotional, sexual, or physical abuse. Childcare is available. Classes for domestic violence survivors are offered in eight-week sessions. You must pre-register for classes. A fee waiver is available on an as-needed basis. Childcare is available.