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 the Whatcom County Coalition to End Homelessness, we work to reduce and ultimately end homelessness in our community.
The Housing Program is funded with local document recording fees, grants from Washington State Department of Commerce, and local veteran and mental health funds dedicated to homeless housing assistance.
The work of the Housing Program:
Awards funds to organizations that directly assist people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless with housing and services.
Facilitates community wide planning, participates in regional planning
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
Anne Deacon Designated -County Health Dept
Satpal Sidhu Designated -County Executive
Kyle Christensen Designated -Small Cities rep
Michael Jones Designated -Small Cities rep
Samya Lutz Designated - City of Bellingham
Tara Sundin Designated - City of Bellingham
Michael Parker Homeless Service Center
Karen Burke Housing Advocate
Emily O'Connor Non-profit housing provider
Debbie Paton Housing Advocate
Diana Phair Tribal Nation
Paul Schissler Housing Industry
Hadrian Starr Homeless Advocate
Brien Thane Housing Authority
Marc Walker Housing Industry
2nd Thursday of every other month, 8:30 - 10:00 AM (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec)
Due to the Governor's directive regarding COVID-19, all meetings must be held virtually until further notice. The next scheduled virtual meeting is at 8:30 am on June 11th. See the meeting Agenda for further details.