Housing Advisory Committee of Whatcom County

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 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.

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