Efforts by the City of Bellingham and others to use federal resources to address community housing needs are highlighted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a "success story".
"We tend to think of housing shortages as a big-city problem," said HUD's Northwest Regional Administrator Mary McBride. "But it's a problem everywhere. What's impressive about Bellingham is the creativity and tenacity of its efforts to preserve and expand the supply. They never accept "never" as an answer."
Through the American Recovery Reinvestment Act, states in the Northwest have received almost $330 million in federal resources to revitalize our communities, put people back to work and speed America back on the road to recovery from what has come to be called The Great Recession, the nation's worst economic downturn in almost 80 years.
Published: Jan 19, 2011