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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


The Bellingham Housing Authority will open the following waiting list to new pre-applications for targeted households at 9:30AM on May 4, 2020. 

3-Bedroom Large Household Project Based Voucher City of Bellingham

  Applications will only be accepted for households who meet Bellingham Housing Authority’s occupancy standards for the unit size specified above.  The large household designation requires that applicants qualify for a three-bedroom unit and include at least 4 individuals.  Members of an applicant household do not need to be related. 

Pre-applications must be submitted online through the Bellingham Housing Authority Portal

Due to the COVID-19 health emergency the Bellingham Housing Authority office is currently closed to the public until further notice. For assistance with the application process please email carina.rivera@bellinghamhousing.org or call 360-527-4656.


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

Click here for more information.

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