Request for Public Comment

The Bellingham & Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) are proposing revisions to the FY 2022 Agency Plans with an anticipated implementation date of January 1st, 2022.  At this time, we are seeking the input of BWCHA residents, community partners and interested community members to provide feedback on the proposed revisions and propose additional revisions before they are reviewed and approved by the BWCHA Board of Commissioners.  Draft plans are available by clicking here.

The public comment period will begin July 19, 2021 and end on September 3, 2021 at 4:00 PM.  Comments must be emailed to by September 3, 2021 at 4PM.  Comments will be shared with BWCHA’s Board of Commissioners during the public hearing.


Resident Advisory Meetings will be held on:

August 2, 2021 at 2:30 PM – Chuckanut Square, 1400 12th Street, Bellingham

August 4, 2021 at 2:30 PM – Washington Square, 2501 E Street, Bellingham

August 6, 2021 at 2:30 PM – Lincoln Square, 409 York Street, Bellingham

August 6, 2021 at 4:00 PM- Baycrest community room, 4660 Loft Lane, Blaine


Public hearings will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 1PM.  Due to COVID 19, the public hearing will be conducted via Zoom.   This call will be interactive and participants wishing to comment may do so. 


To Join the Meeting via Smart Phone or Computer
(data rates may apply)

 To Join via Phone:
(phone service provider rates may apply)
Webinar ID: 868 2734 6793

(253) 215-8782 (Tacoma)
(206) 337-9723 (Seattle)
(669) 900-6833 (Portland)
(971) 247-1195 (Phoenix)
(346) 248-7799 (San Jose)

Notice of Waitlist Opening

The Bellingham Housing Authority will open the following waiting lists to new pre-applications for targeted households at 9:30am on February 1, 2021.

Varsity Village

2 & 3 Bedroom

Public Housing – City of Bellingham

2 & 3 Bedroom

Catherine May Apartments

1 Bedroom

Everson Meadows

2 & 3 Bedroom for households with agricultural income


Applicants will only be accepted for households who meet Bellingham Housing Authority’s occupancy standards for the unit size specified above.

Pre-applications must be submitted online by clicking the button below. Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Bellingham Housing Authority office is currently closed to the public until further notice. For assistance with the application process, please email or call Tyson Stap.

Notice of Waiting List Update

The Bellingham Housing Authority is in the process of updating waiting lists for the Project-Based Voucher Program (PBV).

Specific Project-Based Voucher Waiting Lists Include:

City of Bellingham
Whatcom County
Deer Run Terrace
River House Apartments
Laube Hotel Apartments
Laurel Village Apartments
Orleans Place Apartments
Walton Place Apartments
Varsity Village Apartments

Applicants on the above stated waiting lists will be contacted by email or sent a letter on January 18, 2021 indicating that further action is required to remain on the waiting list. BWCHA is excited to offer the opportunity to remain on waiting lists by using the “Save My Spot” function which is conveniently accessed through each applicant’s secure online portal. Click the button below to remain on the lists.

Applicants who do not complete the “Save My Spot” process prior to February 18, 2021 will be removed from the lists stated above. If you need assistance with saving your spot on any of the waiting lists indicated above, please email or call Carina Rivera.

Notice of Request for Proposals

Bellingham Housing Authority Third-Party Inspection Services

On September 10, 2020 the Bellingham Housing Authority released a Request for Proposals (RFP) with a response deadline of October 30, 2020. The RFP is for Inspection Services using Federal Housing Quality Standards in multifamily residental units. A copy of the RFP including additional information can be found here.

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