Bellingham Housing Authority

208 Unity Street
Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington 98225
(360) 676-6887

Open today from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Bellingham Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Bellingham, Washington that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of July 15th, 2019, Bellingham Housing Authority has 3 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The 2-Bedroom Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Bellingham, Washington, 3-4 Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Whatcom County, Washington 4 Bedroom Public Housing 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 & Whatcom County Housing Authorities.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
2-Bedroom Senior Project-Based Voucher Open Indefinitely
Bellingham, Washington, 3-4 Bedroom Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Whatcom County, Washington 4 Bedroom Public Housing Open Indefinitely
Whatcom County, Washington Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Bellingham, Washington Project-Based Voucher Closed
Whatcom County, Washington Project-Based Voucher Closed

Open Bellingham Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: 2-Bedroom Senior Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Bellingham & Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) Senior Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for 2-Bedroom units is currently open, from December 3, 2018 at 9:30 am PT, until further notice.

To apply, complete the online application here.

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 05/08/2019.

Open Indefinitely: Bellingham, Washington, 3-4 Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

The Bellingham & Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) Public Housing waiting list for 3 and 4 Bedroom apartments in the City of Bellingham is currently open, from December 3, 2018 at 9:30 am PT, until further notice.

To apply, complete the online application here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

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..

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 05/08/2019.

Open Indefinitely: Whatcom County, Washington 4 Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

The Bellingham & Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) Public Housing waiting list for 4 Bedroom apartments in Whatcom County is currently open, from December 3, 2018 at 9:30 am PT, until further notice.

To apply, complete the online application here.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

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

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.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/03/2019.

Other Bellingham Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Whatcom County, Washington Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Bellingham & 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 been confirmed.

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

For more information, visit the BWCHA website.

Last Updated on 05/08/2019.

Closed: Bellingham, Washington Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Bellingham & Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) Section 8 Project Based Voucher waiting list for the City of Bellingham 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 05/08/2019.

Closed: Whatcom County, Washington Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Bellingham & Whatcom County Housing Authorities (BWCHA) Section 8 Project Based Voucher waiting list for Whatcom County 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 05/08/2019.

About Bellingham Housing Authority

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

HCV Portability Status

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.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 9:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am-4:00pm
Thursday 9:00am-4:00pm
Friday 9:00am-4:00pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

About the Bellingham Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Bellingham Housing Authority manages 1,615 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 1,389 2 31 90 44 59
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $614 $504 $572 $1,191 $466 $515
Monthly Cost $852,843 $1,008 $17,728 $107,190 $20,489 $30,385

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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