Decent, affordable housing is vital to the health of a community. One of the basic human needs is shelter. 74% of Bellingham's low-income households live in rental units, which comprise more than half (54%) of Bellingham's housing stock.
In 2012, Bellingham voters approved a property tax increase that would collect $21-million over seven years. The City also receives federal funds (approximately $1.2-million per year) through HUD that are used for affordable housing.
The City is currently accepting applications for funding assistance in the following areas: