• Samish Way Illustration
  • Lincoln Square Rooftop Garden

    Lincoln Square Rooftop Garden
  • Laube Hotel circa 1903

    Laube Hotel circa 1903
  • Laube Hotel Apartments Circa 2008

    Laube Hotel 2008
  • Laube Hotel Interior

    Laube Hotel 2008 Interior

    Oakland Block Building ~ 2002 Historic Preservation National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials Award of Excellence

    Oakland Block Building

    Riverhouse ~ 1998 National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officals Award of Excellence

  • Walton Two Rooftop Deck

    Walton Two Rooftop Deck

Who We Are:

The Housing Authority of the City of Bellingham is a local government agency that serves approximately 3,000 homes housing over 7,000 residents in Whatcom County. The Bellingham Housing Authority and the Whatcom County Housing Authority work together to provide needed housing in our community. Some people we serve are:

  • Low-Income Families
  • Elderly People
  • People with Disabilities
  • Working families in need of affordable housing

BHA is governed by a Board of Commissioners.


Our Mission:

Our mission is to offer opportunities for people to thrive by ensuring access to quality, affordable homes.

Our Vision: 

Every person has the opportunity to live in a safe, secure, affordable home.


  • Housing Programs

    Information about our housing programs, how to apply and waiting list information.


  • Properties

    Information on properties owned or managed by the BWCHA.


  • Landlords

    Are you interested in becoming a Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 landlord?


  • My BHA

    A secure online portal for you to apply for housing for applicants and current residents.

    Access the portal



The following waiting lists administered by the Bellingham Housing Authority have received an adequate number of applicants and therefore will be closed as of the date identified below. 


Waiting lists that will close at 4:00 PM on May 31, 2019

Public Housing – County: 3 bedroom


Waiting lists that will remain open to new applicants

Public Housing – City: 3 & 4 bedrooms only

Public Housing – County: 4 bedrooms only

Project Based Voucher – Deer Run (age 62+): 2 bedroom only

Project Based Voucher – River House (age 62+): 2 bedroom only


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What is an ABLE account?
ABLE Accounts, which are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families, were created as a result of the passage of the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 or better known as the ABLE Act. The beneficiary of the account is the account owner, and income earned by the accounts will not be taxed. Contributions to the account, which can be made by any person (the account beneficiary, family and friends), must be made using post-taxed dollars and will not be tax deductible for purposes of federal taxes, however some states may allow for state income tax deductions for contribution made to an ABLE account.


2019 Fact Sheet Wash...

Bellingham Housing Authority is moving to an online application process for our waiting lists. It is a secure online portal where individuals can add themselves to open wait lists and to keep the Housing Authority aware of changes to your account, for instance, family composition or change of address.  Click here to see how to 'Apply Online!

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Please click the image for our Document Library to access useful forms and documents.  You may also navigate to the Document Library on the 'About Us' menu tab.


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