Housing Program

Stable housing is the foundation upon which people build and improve their lives.

The Human Services Housing Program provides opportunities in the community to create safe affordable housing. Together with public and private partners and with Whatcom County Coalition to End Homelessness, we work to reduce and ultimately end homelessness in our community.

The Housing Program manages state and federal contracts and local recording surcharge funds designated for affordable and homeless housing.  Our office does not provide direct housing assistance or services, however, we maintain a strong relationship with local providers within Whatcom County.
  

Services


The work of the Housing Program:
 
  • Facilitates community-wide planning, participates in regional planning
  • Awards funds to organizations that directly assist people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless with housing and services
  • Updates and oversees implementation of the Plan to End Homelessness
  • Conducts annual Point in Time Count of homeless people
  • Acts as liaison to Department of Commerce
  • Represents the community as Continuum of Care lead
  • Provides housing and service related advocacy on behalf of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness

Plan to End Homelessness

Whatcom County Point in Time Count Reports

Links:

City of Bellingham Housing and Human Services
http://www.cob.org/services/housing/index.aspx

Northwest Youth Services http://www.nwys.org/

 Opportunity Council – basic needs
http://www.oppco.org/category/basic-needs/

Whatcom Homeless Service Center
http://www.whatcomhsc.org/