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
Karen Burke Non-Profit representative
Kyle Christensen Designated -Small Cities rep
Regina Delahunt Designated - Health Department
Samya Lutz Designated - City of Bellingham
Jennifer Moon Non-Profit representative
Emily O'Connor Human Services representative
Michael Parker Coordinated Entry lead agency rep
Debbie Paton Social Services representative
Paul Schissler Urban housing representative
Brien Thane Housing Authority representative
2nd Thursday of every other month, 8:30 - 10:00 AM (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec)
Health Department Conference Room (upper level), 509 Girard Street, Bellingham, Washington