Bellingham Housing Authority

208 Unity Street, Bellingham, WA

There is one waiting list open now offered by Bellingham Housing Authority.

Bellingham Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Waiting ListStatus
Everson Meadows Farm Labor Open Until Further Notice
Whatcom County, Washington Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Closed
City of Bellingham Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Closed
Whatcom County, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Closed
Varsity Village, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Closed
Deer Run Terrace Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Closed
River House Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Closed
City of Bellingham, 3-4 Bedroom Public Housing Closed
Whatcom County 4-Bedroom Public Housing Closed
City of Bellingham, 2-Bedroom, Public Housing Closed
Whatcom County 3-Bedroom Public Housing Closed
City of Bellingham, Studio and 1-Bedroom, Senior and Disabled Public Housing Closed
Sumas Square, 1-Bedroom, Elderly and Disabled USDA Rural Development Housing Closed
Birchwood Manor and Catherine May, Elderly and Disabled Closed
Varsity Village, Multifamily Closed

Bellingham Housing Authority offers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Public Housing programs in Whatcom County.

Go to the Washington Section 8 Waiting Lists page or the Washington Public Housing Waiting Lists page for more nearby housing applications.

Open Until Further Notice: Everson Meadows Farm Labor Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

The Bellingham and Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) Farm Labor waiting list for 2 and 3-Bedroom apartments at Everson Meadows is currently open.

The BWCHA is accepting applications from the earliest confirmed date of October, 2019, until further notice.

According to the BWCHA, Everson Meadows is, "Located in Everson specifically for households who earn income through agricultural employment."

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Disabled Set Aside
    • Disabled Household is an applicant family with at least one member who has a verifiable disability.
  • Large Family Set Aside
    • Large Family Household is an applicant family with four or more members who are eligible for a three bedroom unit.

It is not known how selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the BWCHA website.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (360) 676-6887.

Last Updated on 03/08/2022.

Closed: Whatcom County, Washington Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Bellingham and Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two weeks in May, 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

Applications were required to be picked up and turned in at local locations including the Housing Authorities office.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the BWCHA website.

Last Updated on 10/30/2019.

Closed: City of Bellingham Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Bellingham and Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) waiting list for City of Bellingham Section 8 Project Based Voucher apartments is currently closed. It was last open in March, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how selected applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the BWCHA website.

Last Updated on 10/30/2019.

Closed: Whatcom County, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Bellingham and Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) waiting list for Whatcom County Section 8 Project Based Voucher apartments is currently closed. It was last open in March, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how selected applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the BWCHA website.

Last Updated on 10/30/2019.

Closed: Varsity Village, Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Bellingham and Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) waiting list for Section 8 Project-Based Voucher apartments at Varsity Village is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

According to the BWCHA, Varsity Village is, "Located in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Bellingham.  Tenants typically pay 30% of their income toward rent."

For more information, visit the BWCHA website.

Last Updated on 10/30/2019.

Closed: Deer Run Terrace Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Bellingham and Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for 2-Bedroom apartments at Deer Run Terrace is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

For more information, visit the BWCHA website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher rental assistance in Bellingham, Washington.

Last Updated on 03/24/2022.

Closed: River House Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Bellingham and Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for 2-Bedroom apartments at River House is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

For more information, visit the BWCHA website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher rental assistance in Lynden, Washington.

Last Updated on 03/24/2022.

Closed: City of Bellingham, 3-4 Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

The Bellingham Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) City of Bellingham Public Housing waiting list for 3 and 4-Bedroom apartments is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how selected applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the BWCHA website.

Last Updated on 09/24/2020.

Closed: Whatcom County 4-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

The Bellingham Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) County Public Housing waiting list for 4-Bedroom apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted from December 2018, until and unconfirmed close date.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It was not known how selected applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the BWCHA website.

Last Updated on 09/24/2020.

Closed: City of Bellingham, 2-Bedroom, Public Housing Waiting List

The Bellingham Housing Authority (BHA) waiting list for 2-Bedroom Public Housing apartments is currently closed. Pre-applications were last accepted from October 25, 2019, until an unconfirmed close date. 

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It is not known how applicants were placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the BHA website.

Last Updated on 09/18/2020.

Closed: Whatcom County 3-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

The Bellingham Housing Authority (BHA) Public Housing waiting list for 3-Bedroom apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted since at least September 2020, until at least October, 2021.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It was not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the BHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the BHA, as of September 18, 2020.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Public Housing rental assistance in Whatcom County, Washington. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 04/04/2022.

Closed: City of Bellingham, Studio and 1-Bedroom, Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

The Bellingham and Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) City of Bellingham Senior and Disabled Public Housing waiting list for Studio and 1-Bedroom apartments is closed.

The BWCHA last accepted applications for this waiting list since at least October, 2021, until an unconfirmed close date. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

It was not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the BWCHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the BWCHA on March 8, 2022.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Senior and Disabled Public Housing rental assistance in City of Bellingham, Washington. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 03/08/2022.

Closed: Sumas Square, 1-Bedroom, Elderly and Disabled USDA Rural Development Housing Waiting List

The Bellingham and Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) waiting list for 1-Bedroom USDA Rural Development Housing apartments at Sumas Square is currently open. Applications are being accepted from October 25, 2019 at 9:30 am PT, until an unconfirmed close date. 

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Disabled Set Aside
    • Disabled Household is an applicant family with at least one member who has a verifiable disability.

It was not known how selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list, weighed by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the BWCHA website.

Last Updated on 09/18/2020.

Closed: Birchwood Manor and Catherine May, Elderly and Disabled Waiting List

The Bellingham and Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) waiting list for Elderly and Disabled apartments at Birchwood Manor and Catherine May is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

According to the BWCHA, Birchwood Manor is, "Located in the Birchwood Neighborhood of Bellingham for households with a member age 62 or older or persons with a disability.  Tenants typically pay 30% of their income toward rent," and Catherine May is, "Located in the Samish Neighborhood of Bellingham for households with a member age 62 or older or persons with a disability.  Tenants typically pay 30% of their income toward rent."

For more information, visit the BWCHA website.

Last Updated on 10/30/2019.

Closed: Varsity Village, Multifamily Waiting List

The Bellingham and Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) waiting list for Multifamily apartments at Varsity Village is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

According to the BWCHA, Varsity Village is, "Located in the Happy Valley neighborhood of Bellingham.  Tenants typically pay 30% of their income toward rent."

For more information, visit the BWCHA website.

Last Updated on 10/30/2019.

About Bellingham Housing Authority

About the Bellingham Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Bellingham Housing Authority manages 1,710 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following table summarizes types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,443 1 22 116 51 62
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $738 $200 $750 $1,427 $545 $653
Monthly Cost $1,064,453 $200 $16,506 $165,504 $27,803 $40,476
Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 9% having issued approximately 183 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 8 years and 2 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 22 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2 persons and has a household income of $12,826 per year. 96% of households were very low income (VLI) and 77% were extremely low income (ELI). 16% of households had wages as a major source of income, 6% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 75% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 44% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 24% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 29% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

35% of households included children, 5% of which had two adults in the household. 31% of households with children have a female head of household. 76% of all households were headed by a female.

18% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 4% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Bellingham Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 33% include at least one person with a disability. 56% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 66% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

41% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 35% with 2 bedrooms and 24% with 3 or more bedrooms. 18% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Bellingham Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $350 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $706. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $104.

1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.

Public Housing Apartments Operated by Bellingham Housing Authority

Lincoln Square

409 York St
Bellingham, Washington

Bellingham Ha

1231 Deer Creek Dr
Ferndale, Washington

Texas Meadows

2620 King St
Bellingham, Washington

Low Income Housing Managed by Bellingham Housing Authority

Deer Run Terrace

3210 Orleans St
Bellingham, Washington
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

River House Apartments

100 Riverview Rd.
Lynden, Washington
1 BR
55+
Rent Assisted

Bakerview Family Housing

760 and 824 W Bakerview Rd
Bellingham, Washington
Call For Rent
2-3 BR
Affordable

Everson Meadows

310 Everson Road
Everson, Washington
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Sumas Square

408 2nd St
Sumas, Washington
Call For Rent
1 BR