Affordable Housing In Whatcom County
Washington

73 Low Income Apartment Communities In Whatcom County

Apple Valley Apartments

8611 Depot Road
Lynden, Washington
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
Accessible
Subsidized

22 North

1022 North State Street
Bellingham, Washington
Call For Rent
Studio BR
Homeless Supportive Housing

Boundary Village

730 A St
Blaine, Washington
Income Based
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Sterling Senior Housing

528 Sterling Dr
Bellingham, Washington
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized
62+
Accessible
Elderly Supportive Housing

Blair Gardens Apartments

112 Blair Drive
Everson, Washington
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Ferndale Villa

2348 Main St
Ferndale, Washington
Call For Rent
1-3 BR
Subsidized

Ferndale Square

2254 Main St
Ferndale, Washington
Call For Rent
2-4 BR
Subsidized

Woodrose Apartments

3303 Racine St
Bellingham, Washington
Call For Rent
1-2 BR

Sterling Meadows Apartments

500 Sterling Dr
Bellingham, Washington
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Eleanor Apartments

1510 N Forest St
Bellingham, Washington
Call For Rent
1 BR

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in Whatcom County, Washington

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving Whatcom County, Washington

Housing Authority Programs
Whatcom County Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing; Section 8 Project-Based Voucher (PBV)
Bellingham Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Whatcom County, Washington

There are 73 low income housing apartment communities offering 3,272 affordable apartments for rent in Whatcom County, Washington.

Income Based Apartments in Whatcom County, Washington

Whatcom County features 957 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in Whatcom County, Washington

There are 2,291 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in Whatcom County.

Housing Choice Vouchers in Whatcom County, Washington

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay Whatcom County landlords $700 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $400 towards rent in Whatcom County.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in Whatcom County, Washington for a two-bedroom apartment is between $1,129 and $1,379.

2022 Whatcom County, Washington Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
Whatcom County, Washington Fair Market Rent $926 $996 $1,254 $1,781 $2,146
Whatcom County, Washington Payment Standard Range $833 to $1,019 $896 to $1,096 $1,129 to $1,379 $1,603 to $1,959 $1,931 to $2,361

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

Whatcom County, WA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 73
Total Low Income Apartments 3,272
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 957
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 36.87%
Average Renter Household Size 2.44
Average Household Size 2.53
Median Household Income $53,145 ±$1,739
Median Rent $925 ±$18
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 53.47% ± 2.49pp
Total Population 207,100

Population and Household Demographics

Whatcom County is a county in Washington with a population of 207,100. There are 79,767 households in the county with an average household size of 2.53 persons. 36.87% of households in Whatcom County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Whatcom County

The median gross income for households in Whatcom County is $53,145 a year, or $4,429 a month. The median rent for the county is $925 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Whatcom County, a household making less than $3,083 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 53.47% of households who rent are overburdened in Whatcom County.

Area Median Income In Whatcom County

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

In Whatcom County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $79,100

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Whatcom County

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for HUD Rental Assistance in Whatcom County

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30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the Whatcom County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$17,050 $19,500 $21,960 $26,500 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the Whatcom County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$28,400 $32,450 $36,500 $40,550 $43,800 $47,050 $50,300 $53,550
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the Whatcom County AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$45,450 $51,950 $58,450 $64,900 $70,100 $75,300 $80,500 $85,700

Cities In Whatcom County

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City Served By
Acme The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Acme are the Bellingham Housing Authority and Whatcom County Housing Authority.
Bellingham The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Bellingham are the Bellingham Housing Authority and Whatcom County Housing Authority.
Birch Bay The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Birch Bay are the Bellingham Housing Authority and Whatcom County Housing Authority.
Blaine The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Blaine are the Whatcom County Housing Authority and Bellingham Housing Authority.
Custer The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Custer are the Bellingham Housing Authority and Whatcom County Housing Authority.
Deming The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Deming are the Whatcom County Housing Authority and Bellingham Housing Authority.
Everson The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Everson are the Whatcom County Housing Authority and Bellingham Housing Authority.
Ferndale The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Ferndale are the Whatcom County Housing Authority and Bellingham Housing Authority.
Geneva The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Geneva are the Bellingham Housing Authority and Whatcom County Housing Authority.
Glacier The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Glacier are the Bellingham Housing Authority and Whatcom County Housing Authority.
Kendall The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Kendall are the Bellingham Housing Authority and Whatcom County Housing Authority.
Lynden The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Lynden are the Whatcom County Housing Authority and Bellingham Housing Authority.
Maple Falls The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Maple Falls are the Bellingham Housing Authority and Whatcom County Housing Authority.
Marietta Alderwood The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Marietta Alderwood are the Bellingham Housing Authority and Whatcom County Housing Authority.
Marietta-Alderwood The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Marietta-Alderwood are the Bellingham Housing Authority and Whatcom County Housing Authority.
Nooksack The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Nooksack are the Bellingham Housing Authority and Whatcom County Housing Authority.
Peaceful Valley The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Peaceful Valley are the Bellingham Housing Authority and Whatcom County Housing Authority.
Point Roberts The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Point Roberts are the Bellingham Housing Authority and Whatcom County Housing Authority.
Sudden Valley The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Sudden Valley are the Bellingham Housing Authority and Whatcom County Housing Authority.
Sumas The HUD funded Public Housing Agencies that serve Sumas are the Bellingham Housing Authority and Whatcom County Housing Authority.