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 publiccomment@bellinghamhousing.org 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)

https://bellinghamhousing-org.zoom.us/j/86827346793

 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 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.

Change of Public Attendance for Board Meetings

Due to the guidance in the “Declaration of Emergency and New Recommendations to the Public from Satpal Sidhu, the Whatcom County Executive, in coordination with the Whatcom County Health Board,  the general public are asked to attend our Board of Commissioners Meetings over the phone.

Please follow the below call-in procedure and note that members of the public can conference in to the meeting, but will be in listen-only mode. Therefore, we ask that you provide your written public comments in advance of meetings.

Click Here to Email Public Comment

or mail your public comment to:

Bellingham Housing Authority
P.O. Box 9701
Bellingham, WA 98227-9701

 

Meeting Information:

US Toll-Free: 888-788-0099
Meeting ID: 818 9245 1839
Password: 147258

Participants, Applicants, and Community Partners

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. 

Additionally, BWCHA has taken the following steps in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining continuity of service:

  • Our lobby is currently closed to walk-in traffic
  • All in-person appointments have been canceled
  • Annual and biennial HQS inspections are postponed
  • Initial HQS Inspections will continue for vacant units, at the inspector’s discretion
    • If it is determined that an initial inspection cannot safely be completed, it will be postponed until it’s  safe to complete it.
  • New tenant-based Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) are not being issued
  • Maintenance staff will respond to emergency work orders only
  • Increased sanitization efforts are taking place at BWCHA properties

Please note annual and interim re-certifications will continue to be processed.  If you need to submit paperwork or report changes, please use one of the following methods:

  1. Email items or information directly to your Housing Coordinator
    • Emails can also be sent to info@bellinghamhousing.org if direct contact information is not known
  2. Deposit items in the drop box by our lobby entrance at 208 Unity Street Bellingham, WA
  3. Mail items to PO Box 9701 Bellingham, WA 98227

Phone messages are monitored regularly but during this time we will be communicating primarily by email, and there may be delays in our response time.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work to protect the health and safety of our community.

 

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