Private Housing Assistance

This program lets you rent from a private landlord anywhere in Whatcom County . The Housing Authority pays a portion of your rent to your landlord and you also pay a portion. The amount of assistance is based upon your income. This assistance may go with you if you move after one year.

Unlike our other housing programs, where the Housing Authority is the landlord, the Housing Choice Voucher program is for housing owned by private landlords.

How the Housing Choice Voucher Program Works

The Housing Choice Voucher program involves three main components: the lease, the contract and the voucher. The Housing Authority administers and monitors the rental assistance for eligible clients/tenants.

The client/tenant signs a rental lease with a private landlord and the landlord signs a housing contract with the Housing Authority.

Project Based Assistance

A project based program attaches a subsidy (rental assistance) to a specific unit. Unlike the tenant based voucher program where the subsidy is assigned to the tenant, the project based assistance is assigned to the unit.

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