Bellingham officials offering new low-income housing funds

Bellingham city officials have announced four new funding opportunities designed to address housing needs for low-income households in the community.

Officials are accepting proposals through July 1 for projects to be funded by the Bellingham Home Fund, approved by voters last November.

The four programs are expected to help 248 households obtain affordable housing or supportive services. The Home Fund is expected to generate $3 million per year for 7 years.

“The voter-approved home fund and the programs we are developing with them will go a long way toward meeting our commitment to supporting safe, affordable housing and services for lower-income residents of our community,” Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville said, in a press release.

Proposals are being accepted for: production of new multi-family rental housing; rental assistance and supportive services when combined with proposals for new multi-family rental housing; preservation of existing multi-family housing, including shelters and transitional housing; and programs that create ownership and rental opportunities.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on July 1. Funding awards are expected to be announced by the end of September.

Pre-application workshops

City officials will also hold two workshops to review program requirements and help connect people and organizations that may be interested in partnering on project applications.

May 28: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bellingham Library Lecture Room

June 5: 10 a.m. to noon at the Bellingham Library Lecture Room

Potential applicants may also schedule a pre-application meeting to learn more.

More information about these and other funding opportunities can be found on the city’s website.

For information, contact the city’s Planning and Community Development Department at 360-778-8300.

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