Dear Participants, Applicants, & Community Partners: (3-20-2020)
In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency the Bellingham/Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) offices are open for business but closed to the public until further notice. BWCHA personnel are still available to assist you, but we are operating in shifts and/or working remotely.
Additionally, BWCHA has taken the following steps in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining continuity of service:
· Our lobby is currently closed to walk-in traffic
· All in-person appointments have been canceled
· Annual and biennial HQS inspections are postponed
· Initial HQS Inspections will continue for vacant units, at the inspector’s discretion.
* If it is determined that an initial inspection cannot safely be completed, it will be postponed until it’s safe to complete it.
· New tenant-based Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) are not being issued
· Maintenance staff will respond to emergency work orders only.
· Increased sanitization efforts are taking place at BWCHA properties
Please note annual and interim re-certifications will continue to be processed. If you need to submit paperwork or report changes, please use one of the following methods:
1. Email items or information directly to your Housing Coordinator
a. Emails can also be sent to email@example.com if direct contact information is not known
2. Deposit items in the drop box by our lobby entrance at 208 Unity Street Bellingham, WA
3. Mail items to PO Box 9701 Bellingham, WA 98227
Phone messages are monitored regularly but during this time we will be communicating primarily by email, and there may be delays in our response time.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work to protect the health and safety of our community.
BELLINGHAM, WA – Effective noon on March 13, 2020, Brien Thane, Executive Director of the Bellingham Whatcom County Housing Authorities (“BWCHA”), announced that BWCHA’s offices are closed to the public. The decision was made in an effort to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.
“The health and well-being of our residents, clients, and staff is our highest priority. As the situation surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we are committed to staying up-to-date and responding to recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Washington State Department of Health, the Whatcom County Health Department, and the City of Bellingham,” said Executive Director Brien Thane. “By handling appointments by phone, and receiving drop-off payments in our drop box, we will be able to continue to meet the needs of our residents and clients while also helping to protect our staff as well as the community at large.”
BWCHA, who are closely following the guidance of public health officials, continues to operate during regular business hours. However, until further notice, their offices will be closed to the public and BWCHA staff will not be handling appointments in-person. Their offices are located in Bellingham at 208 Unity Street and 411 York Street, and may be reached by phone at (360) 676-6887 between 9am – 4pm, M-F.
Dear residents, clients, and friends of the Housing Authority: (3-12-2020)
The health and well-being of our residents, clients, and staff is our highest priority. As the situation surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we are committed to staying up-to-date and responding to recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Washington State Department of Health, the Whatcom County Health Department, and the City of Bellingham.
The Bellingham and Whatcom County Housing Authorities are closely following the guidance of public health officials and staying open with regular business hours. While we are operating as usual, we are also working on contingency plans and preparing for changing circumstances. We will keep the public informed of any operational changes through our website.
Steps we’re taking:
Our recommendations to our residents and visitors:
We are monitoring the evolving situation closely and will announce any further changes and updates. Thanks for your understanding and support. Stay safe and healthy!
Brien Thane, Executive Director/CEO
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