Offer opportunities for people to thrive by ensuring access to quality, affordable homes.
Every person has the opportunity to live in a safe, secure, affordable home.
The Housing Authority is a corporate public body, which exercises
essential governmental functions, among which are the following:
- To acquire, lease, and operate housing complexes for families and
senior citizens with limited incomes and provide for construction and
maintenance of housing projects.
- To apply for funding to construct housing complexes for families and
- To invest funds not immediately required for disbursement in
property, securities, or bonds and other qualified investments.
- To investigate living, dwelling, housing, and substandard conditions
and ways of improving them.
- Restrictions and guidelines governing operation, tenant selection,
zoning and building laws, issuing bonds, etc., as covered under R.C.W.
The Housing Authority may employ technical experts, agents, and
employees, including legal assistance as it requires, and delegate powers to
these individuals as it deems necessary.
The Housing Authority has developed a variety of low-income housing
complexes serving various income levels. Inventory includes 542 elderly or
disabled units and 670 family units. Housing assistance is given to 900
The Board of Commissioners is responsible for setting policies such as
the Leasing and Occupancy Policy which establishes rules and procedures for
tenants living in the housing complexes. The Board also makes annual budget
decisions. They adopt resolutions to approve purchases and disposition of
real property and also determine how funds are to be invested and/or spent.
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. at the
Administrative Office at 208 Unity Street or in different locations
around the county. These meetings last approximately two to three hours.
Time spent outside of meetings is approximately two to four hours a
The combined Board of the Bellingham and Whatcom County Housing
Authorities consists of five members, all of which are concurrently
appointed by the Mayor of the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County
government. Of these, three members are named by the Mayor. Terms of
office are five years. No member shall be an officer or employee of the
City. Commissioners receive no compensation for their service on the
Authority but are entitled to expenses incurred in the discharge of
their duties. No member may have a direct or indirect interest in any
housing project, contract for materials, or services having a connection
with any housing project. If an interest is present, the member must
disclose this fact in writing to the Authority.