WHATCOM HOUSING WEEK

FreE & OPEN TO ALL
JOIN US FOR A SERIES OF EVENTS THAT BUILD AWARENESS AND SUPPORT FOR INNOVATIVE HOUSING SOLUTIONS TO CREATE DIVERSE, VIBRANT, HEALTHY HOMES FOR EVERYONE.

Bellingham and Whatcom County are reaching an unprecedented housing crisis and now is the time to have more important conversations and action about affordability, livability, and homelessness. Housing week partners and sponsors have a shared goal to increase opportunities for people of all income levels to have the opportunity to live in walkable neighborhoods that foster healthy lifestyles.

Housing week provides education and awareness to empower advocates, and engage in dialogue about positive solutions. The week’s activities are free and designed for all stakeholders, including the general public, industry professionals, and civic leaders. With presentations from national experts, deep-dive workshops, and tours, Housing Week will highlight creative housing solutions for everyone.

All are welcome, and most events take place at accessible locations. Please note in your RSVP by October 13 if you would like accommodations for childcare, sign language, assisted listening devices, or communication in an alternative format.

2019 Housing Week At A Glance

See below for details.

MONDAY

Innovative Housing Tour in Vancouver

Monday, October 21
9am-7pm
Vancouver, B.C.
Meet at Unity Spiritual Center, 1095 Telegraph Rd

Who should attend? City Council, planners, and neighborhood association members. Limited availability for the general public. Please email info@whatcomhousingalliance.org to request to be put on the wait list.
Hosted by: Kulshan Community Land Trust with support from Whatcom Community Foundation

Summary

Kulshan Community Land Trust is hosting a one-day tour to visit our neighbors across the border in Vancouver, BC and learn about innovative solutions to the housing crisis. We’ll be visiting neighborhoods and projects that rise to the challenges of affordability, infill, green design, and mixed tenure housing opportunity while enhancing neighborhood context. We’ll also hear from speakers about new ideas Vancouver is considering, including a groundbreaking Permanently Affordable Homeownership (PAH) program that works with homeowners to create new homes on their property.

As part of the ticket, each attendee will receive an all-expenses-paid lunch. The tour will conclude with a complimentary Happy Hour. We will provide transportation on a charter bus; however, some of the tour will be led on foot. Be prepared to walk about 1-2 miles, and please wear appropriate clothing (comfortable shoes and a rain jacket).

Valid U.S Passport or Enhanced Driver’s License Required.

This is a private event and is available by invitation only.

This event is eligible for 8 AIA HSW credits.

MONDAY

Real Stories of Housing Insecurity: A Community Conversation

Monday, October 21
6:30pm-8:30pm
Eleanor Apartments, 1510 N Forest St

Who Should attend? General Public

Summary

Many people who are concerned about homelessness have never experienced it for themselves. We often hear assumptions about how people end up homeless. Some wonder what the experiences of people who’ve gotten out of homelessness can tell us. This is your chance to meet some of our neighbors who have survived homelessness here in Whatcom County, and ask your own questions. This will be an intimate community conversation where all are welcome to join, listen, and learn without judgement.

This moderated discussion will be followed by dessert and an opportunity to continue the conversation informally.

Space is limited, so please RSVP only if you can commit to attending.

TUESDAY

Housing Week Bus Tour
Density & Design Done Right

Tuesday, October 22
8:30am-10:30am
Building Industry Association of Whatcom County, 1650 Baker Creek Place

Who should attend? Designers, planners, developers, builders (everyone welcome)

Summary

Design professionals in the urban built environment often advocate for “good density.” But what exactly does that look like, and how specifically can the planning, design, and construction of housing options support vibrant communities? How can the integration of new housing center equity, sustainability and livability in rapidly changing neighborhoods?

Guest Speaker: Michael Mortensen, MCIP, RPP

This event is eligible for 2 AIA HSW credits.

TUESDAY

What is the Bellingham Housing Authority?

Tuesday, October 22
6:30pm-8:30pm
Eleanor Apartments, 1510 N Forest St.

Who Should Attend? General Public

Summary

In 1945, the Bellingham City Council passed a resolution establishing the Bellingham Housing Authority (BHA) and declaring a shortage of safe and sanitary housing available to persons with low-income. While the topic of housing affordability may (or may not) be more salient today than it was 75 years ago, the BHA has continuously evolved to address emerging needs and become the largest provider of affordable housing opportunities throughout Whatcom County. This session will provide an overview of the BHA and specific programs including Public Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8), and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits.

WEDNESDAY

Exemplary Buildings & Affordability

Wednesday, October 23
8:30am-10:30am
Building Industry Association of Whatcom County, 1650 Baker Creek Place

Who should attend? Industry professionals (everyone welcome)

Summary

An exemplary building is one that is designed to be Zero Net Carbon by 2030. More than that, it’s a building that is highly environmentally efficient, and offers long-term life cycle cost benefits and quality of life benefits for both affordable housing developers and residents as well as for the community at large. The ultra-efficient affordable housing that is the result of exemplary building standards would significantly reduce energy, water consumption, and storm water runoff, which leads to cost saving on utilities and better stewardship of our environment. This happens first through state-of-the-art building design strategies and efficiency measures, then through on-site renewable energy generation and water capture.

Guest Speaker: Marty Kooistra, Housing Development Consortium Seattle

This event is eligible for 2 AIA HSW credits.

WEDNESDAY

Accessory Dwelling Unit Workshop

Wednesday, October 23
6:30pm-8:30pm
Eleanor Apartments, 1510 N Forest St.

Who should attend? Homeowners (everyone welcome)

Summary

ADU’s are one opportunity for homeowners to provide more affordable housing within our existing neighborhoods. Join this workshop to learn everything you need to know about building an ADU from start to finish including the design, permit process and the upfront costs needed to start your ADU project off right!

THURSDAY

Effective Strategies for Talking About Housing

Thursday, October 24
8:30am-10:30am
Building Industry Association of Whatcom County, 1650 Baker Creek Place

Who should attend? Industry professionals (everyone welcome)

Summary

In this election season, housing policy is one of the most talked about agenda items. However, housing can sometimes be a divisive topic making it difficult to discuss. Join us for an opportunity to hear from one of the top housing advocates in the PNW, Sara Maxana, as she shares her expertise on housing policy and learn how to effectively talk about housing.

Guest Speaker: Sara Maxana, Project Manager for the City of Seattle’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) and Policy Advisor to Mayor Jenny Durkan

This event is eligible for 2 AIA HSW credits.

THURSDAY

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How to be a Housing Advocate

Thursday, October 24
6:30pm-8:30pm
Eleanor Apartments, 1510 N Forest St.

Who should attend? General public

Summary

Contribute your voice! Learn how to influence housing affordability, policy, and local decision-making. Our local government relies on the public voice to help shape the future growth and every voice matters.

Guest Speakers: Sara Maxana and John Stovall

FRIDAY

Whatcom Housing Alliance All Member Meeting

Friday, October 25
8:30am-12:30pm
Squalicum Boathouse, 2600 N Harbor Loop Dr

Who should attend? Whatcom Housing Alliance members, or organizations interested in becoming members

Summary

Join us for our bi-annual Whatcom Housing Alliance All Member meeting. We will report on metrics from Housing Week, introduce our newest WHA members, share our accomplishments, and host a work session around Urban Villages. We are also honored to welcome our keynote speaker, John Stovall from the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, who will share updates on state-level housing policy.
 
Keynote Speaker: John Stovall, WLIHA

FRIDAY

Housing Week Celebration

Friday, October 25
6:30pm-8:30pm
The Happy Place, 1215 Cornwall Ave, Suite 101

Who should attend? Industry professionals and the general public (everyone welcome)

Summary

Help us celebrate another successful Housing Week! There will be local housing enthusiasts sharing 5 Minutes of Brilliance for Bold Ideas for Housing Action, we will award our Housing Luminaries, have our Housing Week Newcomer Raffle, and of course save time for networking with beer and light food.

SATURDAY

Homebuyer Education Class

Saturday, October 26
10am-4pm
Cordata Community Food Co-op’s Roots Room
315 Westerly Rd #6460, Bellingham, WA 98225

Who should attend? Prospective Homebuyers (everyone welcome)

Summary

Kulshan Community Land Trust can help you navigate the home buying process in their free Homebuyer Education class. In six hours, they will cover the homebuying process from the very beginning to the move-in date. They want to de-mystify the process and leave lots of time to hear your questions. You will hear from a KulshanCLT representative, a local loan officer and a real estate broker about how to prepare for the road to homeownership.

Thank You To Our Housing Week Sponsors

And the Members of the Whatcom Housing Alliance