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‚ÄčThe City provides annual funding for Housing and Social Services

Funding for Housing and Social Services

Each year, the City of Bellingham adopts an Action Plan to implement and fund activities that carry out the priorities and strategies of the City's 2013-2017 Consolidated Plan for federal funding from HUD and the 2012 Housing Levy.  Each Action Plan covers the period from July 1 - June 30.  In 2016, the total revenue being allocated in the Action Plan is $10,005,034.  Key funding commitments include the following:

Rental Housing Production

New units are underway for low income households including:

  • Villa Santa Fe (formerly Bakerview Family Housing), a Catholic Community Service project with 50 units of farmworker housing was recently completed.
  • Eleanor Apartments, a Mercy Housing project that will provide 80 units for low income seniors.  Construction began fall 2016 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2017.
  • 22 North, an Opportunity Council and Northwest Youth Services project that will provide 40 units of supportive housing for youth and adults who are homeless at entry.  This project is scheduled to begin construction before the end of 2017.
  • Bell Tower Studios, a Lydia Place project that will provide 5 supportive housing units for homeless-at-entry adult women.

Preservation of Housing

Commitments to preserve affordable units for low-income households including:

  • Baker Place Shelter, a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services Safe Shelter renovation project
  • Family Housing, including renovation of an Opportunity Council 4-unit property
  • Repair and Rehabilitation of manufactured homes through the Opportunity Council and owner-occupied housing through the City's Home Rehabilitation program, including an emergency repair fund, if needed.

Production & Preservation of Housing

New rent-restricted units are underway including:

  • Mt. Baker Apartments, a Catholic Housing Services project that will provide 25 new rent-restricted units and help preserve this historic affordable housing resource in our community.

Public (Nonprofit) Community Facilities

Improvements to public nonprofit facilities that provide services for low-income persons including:

  • Roosevelt Family Resource Center, a Whatcom Family and Community Network program run in partnership with the Bellingham Housing Authority at their facility
  • Opportunity Drop-In Service Center, a remodel project at 1111 Cornwall Avenue to improve service delivery

Homebuyer Program

The City is working with the Washington State Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC) on two homebuyer down payment assistance programs:

  • Partnership with Kulshan Community Land Trust and local banks that has restrictions in place to maintain affordability over time.
  • Partnership with WSHFC and local banks that offers traditional down payment assistance for low income households.

Rental Assistance and Housing Services

The City supports the following rental assistance and housing services providers:

  • Homeless Outreach Team (HOT)
  • Tenant-based rental assistance and rapid re-housing vouchers through the Opportunity Council
  • Homeless Service Center administrative support
  • Greggie's House (Sun Community)
  • Francis Place (Catholic Housing Services)
  • Positive Adolescent Development (PAD) through Northwest Youth Services

Human and Social Services

The City is continuing commitments to support organizations awarded funding through the 2015-2016 two year competitive process (funding goes through June 2017) with services that include the following for low-income persons or households:

  • Childcare
  • Intensive case management
  • Nutritious food
  • Disability benefits
  • Education and other support services
  • Vocational readiness and literacy
  • Chores for disabled and elderly
  • Supportive services to victims of domestic violence
  • Restorative justice


Community Development Division

Planning & Community Development Department