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Bellingham Housing Authority

208 Unity Street
Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington 98225

Bellingham Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of September 27th, 2020, Bellingham Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Whatcom County 3-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Everson Meadows Farm Labor Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Bellingham Housing Authority serves Whatcom County.

The Bellingham Housing Authority and Whatcom County Housing Authority operate together as the Bellingham and Whatcom County Housing Authorities.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Whatcom County 3-Bedroom Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Everson Meadows Farm Labor Open Until Further Notice
Whatcom County, Washington Housing Choice Voucher Closed
City of Bellingham Project-Based Voucher Closed
Whatcom County, Project-Based Voucher Closed
Varsity Village, Project-Based Voucher Closed
Deer Run Terrace Senior Project-Based Voucher Closed
River House Senior 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
City of Bellingham, 1-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

Open Bellingham Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, it may take days or weeks to get a response.

Bellingham Housing Authority Website: http://bellinghamhousing.org/.

Bellingham Housing Authority Phone: (360) 676-6887.

COVID-19 Update: As of March 20, 2020, the Bellingham & Whatcom County Housing Authorities website says:

"In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency the Bellingham/Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) offices are open for business but closed to the public until further notice.

BWCHA personnel are still available to assist you, but we are operating in shifts and/or working remotely."

More information can be found here.

Open Until Further Notice: Whatcom County 3-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Bellingham Housing Authority (BHA) County Public Housing waiting list for 3-Bedroom apartments is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least September 2020, until further notice.

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

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

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.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 09/24/2020.

Open Until Further Notice: Everson Meadows Farm Labor Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Waiting List

The Bellingham and Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) Farm Labor waiting list for 2 and 3-Bedroom apartments at Everson Meadows is currently open. Applications are being accepted since at least 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 09/24/2020.

Other Bellingham Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Whatcom County, Washington Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the 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 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the 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, Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the 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, Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the 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 Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Senior 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 rental assistance in Bellingham, Washington.

Last Updated on 09/24/2020.

Closed: River House Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Senior 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 rental assistance in Lynden, Washington.

Last Updated on 09/24/2020.

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

How To Apply to the 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

How To Apply to the 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

How To Apply to the 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: City of Bellingham, 1-Bedroom, Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Bellingham Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) 3 and 4-Bedroom Public Housing waiting list for the City of Bellingham 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 09/18/2020.

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

How To Apply to the Senior and Disabled Public Housing Waiting List

The Bellingham and Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) waiting list for Studio and 1-Bedroom, Elderly and Disabled, City of Bellingham Public Housing apartments 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: Sumas Square, 1-Bedroom, Elderly and Disabled USDA Rural Development Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Other Senior and Disabled 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

How To Apply to the Other Senior 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

How To Apply to the Other 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

More information about Bellingham Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://bellinghamhousing.org/.

Representatives of Bellingham Housing Authority may be available by phone at (360) 676-6887. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of September 27th, 2020, it is not known if Bellingham Housing Authority is processing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of 10/01/2018, Bellingham Housing Authority is billing for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


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 1,686 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,431 2 32 103 51 67
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $650 $489 $754 $1,275 $450 $572
Monthly Cost $929,647 $977 $24,116 $131,359 $22,928 $38,324

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Bellingham Housing Authority

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.


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