Housing Authority of Whatcom County


The Housing Authority's purpose is to provide quality, affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families, elderly households, and persons with disabilities through innovative resource development and responsible stewardship of our housing and fiscal resources. 
Both Whatcom County and City of Bellingham make appointments to this joint board.  For more information on Bellingham Housing Authority activities, go to their website.


The Housing Authority of Whatcom County has 5 members:
  • Daniel Austin
  • Craig Funston
  • Susan Gribbin
  • Barbara Plaskett
  • Gary Williams



No commissioner may be an officer or employee of the county for which the authority is created. Members must be residents of Whatcom County.


  • There will soon be an open position on the board of commissioners.  Interested citizens may inquire with Vanessa Martin, Executive Manager.  A volunteer application must be completed. 

Term Limit

  • 2 consecutive full terms

Term Length

  • 5 year term