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With the support of our Housing Heroes, Lydia Place provided 3,840 Emergency Bed Nights to 40 children and their families in 2020.

What is a Housing Hero?

A Housing Hero is any individual or business who signs up for a recurring monthly donation of $5.00 or more to Lydia Place. It’s as simple as that! You can sign-up today by filling out the donation form on this page.*

As a Housing Heroes member you will also receive:

  • New Member Welcome Card and a Housing Heroes sticker
  • Recognition in our monthly e-newsletter, and End of Year Newsletter
  • Recognition at all Lydia Place events
  • Complimentary attendance to the annual Housing Heroes Awards events
  • Print mailings of our End of Year Newsletter
  • Quarterly Advocacy Updates from Lydia Place Executive Director, Emily O’Connor

*Donors who signed up for a monthly contribution via www.lydiaplace.org/donate are automatically enrolled into our Housing Hero Program.

15% or $350,000+ of Lydia Place’s budget went towards providing financial support in the form of rental subsidies and emergency bed nights in 2020.

Why recurring gifts are HEROic!

Recurring donations are important because they provide Lydia Place with a steady stream of reliable income that we can set aside throughout the year to help offset the cost of emergency motel stays for vulnerable families in our community. Your monthly gift literally saves a child and their family from sleeping in a car, tent, or on the street.

Is there a significance to the $5.00 minimum?

In 2019, when we launched our Housing Heroes monthly donor program, $60 provided the average cost of a single emergency bed night for a family with children. Now, those costs have almost doubled and the need for this critical, short-term housing intervention has risen due to low housing inventory and sky-rocketing rental rates. Your partnership is more important than ever, but we don’t want to raise our minimum to contribute. We are committed to keeping our monthly donor program accessible to all who are willing to unite with us to end family homelessness in our community.

Why Motel Stays?

As our housing system continues to struggle to meet the increasing needs of our community, housing and service providers are faced with no other choice but to turn away families in need of support. As an agency focused on providing housing and wrap-around services to families with children, we feel it is our moral obligation to say “yes” to families whenever possible. Thanks to the support of our Housing Heroes, Lydia Place can continue providing emergency shelter options to Whatcom families in crisis.

Lydia Place is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by the law.
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