Serving Bellingham & Whatcom County

Every person should have the opportunity to live in a safe, secure & affordable home!

“The staff at the Bellingham Housing Authority was magnificent. They went above and beyond. They answered all our questions and made the process easy. Everyone we worked with was professional and very knowledgeable. These people really do care about the people in this community.”


Bellingham, WA


~Discover what you qualify for~
~Learn About the Various Programs~
~Apply via the Applicant Portal~


~Update your Information via the Resident Portal~
~Check Your Waitlist Status~


~General Information~
~How to Become a Landlord~
~Login to the Landlord Portal~

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 (BHA) & the Whatcom County Housing Authority work together to provide needed housing in our community.

We serve Low-Income Families, Elderly People, Those with Disabilities, & Working Families in need of affordable housing.

Bellingham & Whatcom County Housing Authorities are governed by a Board of Commissioners.

Request for Public Comment

The Bellingham/Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) are proposing revisions to the FY 2023 Agency Plans with an anticipated implementation date of January 1st, 2023.  At this time, we are seeking the input of BWCHA residents, community partners and interested...

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Commissioner Candidate Search

Candidate Sought for the Housing Authority of Whatcom County Board of Commissioners   The Housing Authority of Whatcom County (HAWC) is currently seeking one new commissioner for the Board of Commissioners. The combined Boards of the City of Bellingham Housing...

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RFP – Energy Audit Services

On April 18, 2022 the Housing Authority of the City of Bellingham and the Housing Authority of Whatcom County released a Request for Proposals (RFP) with a response deadline of May 31, 2022. BWCHA is seeking qualified firms to provide energy audit services for twelve...

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