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2018-2022 Consolidated Plan Update Process

The City of Bellingham is in the process of updating its Consolidated Plan as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The new plan will provide a 5-year roadmap for Bellingham's community development and housing needs. Everyone in Bellingham is impacted by issues related to housing and poverty. Whether you yourself struggle to find affordable housing, know someone who has faced discrimination in housing, or witness the effects of unstable or no housing for those with little means and/or disabled, we all know these issues shape our community. Help us create a future that addresses the real needs and issues by staying engaged and providing your input.

The Community Participation Plan will help to guide these processes. Please contact Heather Aven at haven@cob.org if you are interested in being added to the Consolidated Plan update email distribution list.

Draft Consolidated Plan

The draft Consolidated Plan is available in print at the reference desk of both branches of the Bellingham Public Library and below. The public comment period is now closed. Please check back for a final draft of the Consolidated Plan.

Consolidated Plan Resources

Throughout this update process, resources have been created to help inform staff and the community of the issues the Consolidated Plan will be addressing. 

  • View the posters that were presented at the Consolidated Plan Open House on March 26, 2018.
  • Review the summary of results from the Consolidated Plan community and agency survey (which is now closed). 

Below are the fact sheets that depict recent data on a series of topics to help inform the process. Information provided in the infographics on the State of Housing website may also be of interest.

Past Events 

The City held two events for the community to come out and participate in the Consolidated Planning process.

  • March 8, 2018 - A public hearing was held before the Community Development Advisory Board, where the public was given the chance to raise any questions or concerns about the Consolidated Plan before the draft plan was published. 
  • March 26, 2018 - Open House at the Central Library lecture room: This was an interactive session where attendees could learn about the City's top goals and priorities and ask questions in person.

Language assistance is available upon request. Please contact Kate Bartholomew at kebartholomew@cob.org or 360-778-8353 if you need documents in another language or translation services to participate in public events.

También se ofrece asistencia de idiomas, si se lo solicita. Comuníquese con Kate Bartholomew (kebartholomew@cob.org or 360-778-8353) si necesita documentos en otros idiomas o servicios de traducción para participar en eventos públicos.


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