Notice of Waitlist Opening

Varsity Village

The Bellingham Housing Authority will open the following waitlist to new pre-applications for targeted households on July 8, 2024 at 10am

Varsity Village Multifamily

1 Bedroom
2 Bedroom
3 Bedroom

Applications 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 apply button below.

The Bellingham Housing Authority’s office is open by appointment only. For assistance, please email or call our Applicant Hotline.

Notice of Waitlist Opening

The Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) waiting list will open to accept applications on:

July 15, 2024, at 10AM – July 19, 2024, at 10AM

600 households will be randomly selected by lottery for placement onto the HCV waiting list.  Pre-applications must be submitted online.  To apply, click the button below.

Families who reside outside of Whatcom County at the time they submit the pre-application must reside in Whatcom County for the first twelve months of assistance.

 Households must meet the minimum eligibility requirements and income limits at the time of selection:

  • The head of household is 18 years of age or older or an emancipated minor
  • At least one member of the family is a U.S. Citizen or non-citizen with eligible immigration status
  • The household has an income at or below 50% of the area median income:
Number of Persons in the Family Income Must Not Exceed
1 Person Family $36,950
2 Person Family $42,200
3 Person Family $47,500
4 Person Family $52,800
5 Person Family $57,000
6 Person Family $61,250
7 Person Family $65,500
8 Person Family $69,700

For assistance, please email  [email protected] or call 360-676-6887 and enter extension 1015 at any time.

Media Alert

DATE: June 11, 2024

Brien Thane
Executive Director

Lindsay Burmeister
HR / Executive Services Manager
(360) 715-7330



SUBJECT: Notice is hereby given that three (3) or more Commissioners of the Bellingham Whatcom County Housing Authority may attend the Bellingham Housing Authority Samish Commons Grand Opening this Friday, details below:

Samish Commons Grand Opening
Friday, June 14 @ 11:30am
321 N Samish Way, Bellingham, WA 98225

No formal action will be taken by the Commission during this event.

Save My Spot

Save My Spot!

The Bellingham & Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) is initiating their annual “Save My Spot” Waiting List update process for everyone who is currently on a BWCHA Waiting List. Current waitlist applicants are required to log into their online portal account and reserve their waiting list position.

All Waitlist Reservations need to be completed between
June 1, 2024 – June 30, 2024

If additional assistance is needed for this process, please contact our offices at 360.676.6887

Landlord Webinar

Bellingham Housing Authority Presents:

An Educational Webinar on the Landlord Aspect of the Housing Choice Voucher Program

Bellingham Housing Authority is welcoming all landlords, leasing agents, and property managers to an “Hour of Power” where we will be discussing topics from the landlords perspective when it comes to working with the Housing Choice Voucher Program in our local Whatcom County!

Please join us on August 23, 2023 at 2PM Pacific Time

For a link to the Zoom Webinar, please email our Landlord Liaison before the 23rd to receive an invite. Email Landlord Liaison, click here.

Interested in Learning More about Partnering with Whatcom County Housing Agencies? Please sign up for our News Letter in partnership with Whatcom Landlords and Housing Professionals Community Group. Whatcom Landlords & Housing Professionals Interest Form (