Every Family Deserves a Home

Bellingham, WA   |
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EIN: 94-3111948


The mission of Lydia Place is to disrupt the cycle of homelessness and promote sustained independence for current and future generations.

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Executive Director

Ashley Thomasson

Main address

PO Box 28487

Bellingham, WA 98228 USA

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Subject area info

Mental health counseling

Parent education

Supportive housing

Homeless services

Population served info


Homeless people

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family Housing Program

The Family Housing Program is aimed at reducing and eliminating child homelessness and will provide intensive case management paired with a variety of targeted interventions to homeless families with children, including but not limited to: emergency motel placements, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, and rapid rehousing services. The goal of this program is to assist families in exiting homelessness, maintaining stable housing, and providing nurturing environments for their children that will end the generational cycle of homelessness.

At Lydia Place, we value permanent housing solutions. Within our Family Housing Program, we have three sub-programs to help us deploy these services: Permanent Supportive Housing, Rapid Rehousing, and Campus Housing.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

The Parent Support Program provides crucial support to caregivers experiencing or recovering from homelessness. Our programming focuses on fostering healthy attachment, understanding child development, and promoting positive parenting. We provide support, coaching, developmental assessments, and connections to resources in the community.

Population(s) Served

Lydia Place’s Mental Health Program provides flexible, low-barrier, mobile clinical mental health services to individuals and families currently experiencing or exiting homelessness who have barriers to engaging in traditional mental health services. These services include individual therapy, family therapy, therapeutic groups, workshops, crisis intervention and support, and mental health case management. Our work supports families who have experienced homelessness to not only maintain stable housing but to begin to address the complex trauma that led to or was a result of experiencing homelessness to break that cycle for themselves and their family.  

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Best of the Northwest - Gold Nonprofit 2023

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 A-133 Single Audit 2022 2022 Audit 2021 Lydia Place 2021 A-133 Single Audit
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.93 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 20% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of LYDIA PLACE A NONPROFIT CORPORATION’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $302,077 $309,988 $500,970 $3,542,332 $1,581,554
As % of expenses 17.0% 13.4% 21.5% 121.7% 35.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $234,465 $231,487 $415,630 $3,453,300 $1,366,395
As % of expenses 12.7% 9.7% 17.2% 115.1% 29.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,374,050 $2,394,455 $2,976,202 $6,981,578 $5,482,805
Total revenue, % change over prior year 28.9% 0.9% 24.3% 134.6% -21.5%
Program services revenue 4.2% 3.6% 5.2% 2.8% 3.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.3% 0.5% 0.4% 0.1% 0.2%
Government grants 31.9% 36.6% 44.3% 56.1% 58.6%
All other grants and contributions 58.5% 53.1% 48.2% 41.1% 36.7%
Other revenue 5.1% 6.2% 1.9% -0.1% 1.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,781,864 $2,316,935 $2,332,694 $2,910,048 $4,451,843
Total expenses, % change over prior year 24.8% 30.0% 0.7% 24.8% 53.0%
Personnel 71.9% 63.6% 65.5% 65.0% 59.1%
Professional fees 0.5% 0.5% 0.7% 0.4% 1.4%
Occupancy 7.6% 7.0% 6.0% 3.8% 6.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.7%
Pass-through 10.1% 14.6% 19.2% 21.2% 17.4%
All other expenses 9.9% 14.3% 8.5% 9.6% 15.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,849,476 $2,395,436 $2,418,034 $2,999,080 $4,667,002
One month of savings $148,489 $193,078 $194,391 $242,504 $370,987
Debt principal payment $5,682 $5,962 $0 $288,316 $0
Fixed asset additions $181,478 $269,013 $426,695 $2,641,224 $2,168,233
Total full costs (estimated) $2,185,125 $2,863,489 $3,039,120 $6,171,124 $7,206,222

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 6.5 4.5 7.4 10.8 5.0
Months of cash and investments 7.0 5.1 8.1 11.7 5.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.5 3.7 4.0 6.9 3.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $965,632 $875,298 $1,446,895 $2,616,277 $1,843,009
Investments $75,968 $117,464 $130,304 $225,076 $186,918
Receivables $234,720 $162,737 $149,721 $874,983 $373,955
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $2,570,860 $2,837,053 $3,167,997 $5,774,314 $7,929,744
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 15.6% 16.8% 14.7% 9.0% 9.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 16.9% 17.3% 20.3% 15.0% 13.8%
Unrestricted net assets $2,456,459 $2,687,946 $3,103,576 $6,556,876 $7,923,271
Temporarily restricted net assets $393,604 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $75,968 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $469,572 $281,764 $438,849 $1,068,776 $479,256
Total net assets $2,926,031 $2,969,710 $3,542,425 $7,625,652 $8,402,527

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Executive Director

Ashley Thomasson

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 06/25/2024
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Board chair

Shawna Unger

Kari Doss

Ryan Thramer

Guy Occhiogrosso

Matt Barrow

Karyl Jefferson

Kyle Kaltenfeldt

Angela Wahlroth

Kevi Veldman

Amber Machin

Sanjay Rughani

Emily Beszhak

Alyssa Fitz

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/25/2024

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/25/2024

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.


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