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.

Read more (updated 3-20-2020)



The Bellingham and Whatcom County Housing Authorities has changed how the public

can attend Board of Commissioner meetings.

Read more(3-13-2020)




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Our Mission:

Our mission is to offer opportunities for people to thrive by ensuring access to quality, affordable homes.

Our Vision: 

Every person has the opportunity to live in a safe, secure, affordable home.



Resident Opportunity:

Would you like to serve as the Resident Commissioner on

the Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners?

Who We Are:

The Housing Authority of the City of Bellingham is a local government agency that serves thousands of residents in Whatcom County. The Bellingham Housing Authority and the Whatcom County Housing Authority work together to provide needed housing in our community. Some people we serve are:

  • Low-Income Families
  • Elderly People
  • People with Disabilities
  • Working families in need of affordable housing

BHA is governed by a Board of Commissioners.

BWCHA by the Numbers a Snapshot

Number of Vouchers to help people pay rent                                                                    


Number of Low Income Public Housing Units


Number of Continuum of Care / Supported Services Units


Number of USDA Rural Development Units


Number of HUD Multi-Family Affordable Units


Number of Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program Unit

Total Families Benefited  3,487

Would you like to serve as the Resident Commissioner on the Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners?

Click here for more information.

WA ABLE Fact Sheet 0...

What is an ABLE account?
ABLE Accounts, which are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families, were created as a result of the passage of the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 or better known as the ABLE Act. The beneficiary of the account is the account owner, and income earned by the accounts will not be taxed. Contributions to the account, which can be made by any person (the account beneficiary, family and friends), must be made using post-taxed dollars and will not be tax deductible for purposes of federal taxes, however some states may allow for state income tax deductions for contribution made to an ABLE account.

2019 Fact Sheet Wash...

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