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Bellingham ADU Public Hearing Recap

On Monday, Bellingham City Council held a public hearing on amendments to COB’s Accessory Dwelling Unit language. We want to review what was discussed, pushback and recommendations, so you can have a clearer understanding of how the WHA, Council and others are grappling with our housing crisis Planning Commission had recommended the following three amendments:…

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2023: Whatcom County’s Housing Year

2023 will be a pivotal year for Whatcom County and Washington State’s housing crisis. There are currently at least eight (8) housing bills in consideration within in Washington State’s legislature. This many pieces of legislation is an indication of just how immediate the crisis is in our cities, our citizens and our legislator’s minds. Locally,…

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The List of Washington State’s 2023 Housing Bills

The Whatcom Housing Alliance (WHA) is very excited for Washington State’s 2023 Legislative Session. It will be pivotal in shifting our state towards more middle housing opportunities. There are a number of bills in consideration that legalize middle housing and ease regulations. In an effort to maximize our partnerships, we’re teamed up with Sightline Institutes‘…

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Inspiring Innovation: HAFTW

Homes Affordable For The Workforce is a county-wide project that proved Whatcom people know how to invent new revenue to invest in new homes affordable for the people who live and work here. Since 2011, the Whatcom County budget has offered cash from its Economic Development Investment (EDI ) fund to pay public utility fees…

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Influential Person: Noriko Lao

Noriko recently passed away on September 25, 2020, but was a core volunteer for many organizations around the community including Interfaith Coalition and Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County. Noriko has been a leading force on Habitat for Humanity’s construction site. In addition to donating her time (Over 500 hours/year to Habitat alone) Noriko donates…

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Impactful Project: Telegraph Townhomes

Kulshan Community Land Trust and Habitat for Humanity Whatcom County partnered on their biggest project to date  – Telegraph Townhomes. The first 8 homes are nearly complete and many more are in the works. This partnership has allowed both organizations to increase their impacted on the affordable housing crisis in Whatcom County. Kulshan Community Land…

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