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.
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
Contracted housing partners receiving Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG) funding through Whatcom County Health Department. Please access updated CHG Mandatory Performance Measures from the Washington State Department of Commerce specific to Whatcom County using the link below:
If you're looking for a place to rent, click HERE for a list of local housing to try. The Housing Search NW website also offers online listings for affordable housing in Whatcom County. If you are at risk of becoming homeless, please contact the Whatcom Homeless Service Center to learn more about available resources.