WHATCOM HOUSING WEEK 2022

Thank You for joining US FOR Whatcom housing week 2022: A SERIES OF EVENTS THAT BUILD AWARENESS AND SUPPORT FOR INNOVATIVE HOUSING SOLUTIONS TO CREATE safe, equitable, and affordable HOMES FOR EVERYONE.

2022 Housing Week Schedule

MONDAY

Expanding Housing Opportunities

Monday, October 17, 8-1:30 pm
Hosted by: Whatcom County Association of Realtors
Bellingham Country Club
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With housing costs unattainable to the majority of our community, access and understanding of the range of affordable housing opportunities is important for our real estate professionals and their clients. Join the Whatcom Association of REALTORS® as we explore Expanding Housing Opportunities with expert Jan Ellingson.

The course is designed to help real estate professionals understand affordable housing issues and their role in increasing housing opportunities and will be followed by a panel presentation with lending and affordable housing experts that can help get your clients on the pathway to homeownership.

8:00- Registration, light refreshments

8:30-12:30 Expanding Housing Opportunities Course

12:30-1:30 Lunch and Panel Discussion

Lunch Included with registration

The class is designed to: educate on the range of affordable housing opportunities and clients seeking them; increase students’ knowledge and understanding of how affordability impacts the housing market, their clients, their business, and their community; help students analyze affordable financing options through credible lenders, including local, state, federal, and non-profit assistance programs for buyers and renters; and teach students how to better leverage partnerships and resources to expand housing opportunities through workforce housing initiatives, green building concepts, and advocacy to benefit the student, their clients, and their communities.

This class is a 4-hour education course developed by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).The class is designed for an audience of real estate professionals, but open to all.

 

MONDAY

People Over Parking Happy Hour

Monday, October 17, 4:30-6:30pm
Hosted by: Walk and Roll Bellingham, Parking Reform Network
Location: HUB Community Bike shop 1320 Commercial Ave. 

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It’s easy to take car parking for granted. For generations our cities have required nearly every new building — be it a home, an office, a restaurant, or a bowling alley — to provide off-street car storage and the result is that parking is so ubiquitous that people only notice it when they can’t find it or have to pay to use it. The impacts of all this parking include higher rents, sprawl, and car dependency, feeding into a vicious cycle of more cars, more parking, wider roads, and more sprawl. The good news is that there is a simple prescription to halt and reverse this condition: eliminate parking mandates, manage on-street parking using pricing, and use the revenues to improve the neighborhood and encourage less driving. But be warned, once you see the truth about cheap and abundant parking, you’ll never be the same.

TUESDAY

Samish Walking Tour – the making of an urban village

Tuesday, October 18, 11am – 1pm
Hosted by: RMC Architects
Location: Meet at McKays Taphouse 1118 E Maple St, Bellingham,

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Join us in a historical walking tour to uncover how Samish has transformed from the busy highway 99 to our fastest growing urban village. Discover how local residents participated in planning for this future, what our city is doing to encourage smart growth and how well it is going… And find out what all those cranes are up to! After a nice stroll down Samish Way we will meet at McKay’s taphouse for a free lunch on us where we will discuss strategies for ensuring our urban villages live up to the hype!

Hosted by RMC Architects

TUESDAY

Housing for People of All Ages

Wednesday, October 18, Time 5-6:30pm
Hosted by: Aging Well Whatcom, The Chuckanut Foundation

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Details

Affordable housing is a significant challenge in Whatcom County; as costs of renting and home ownership continue to rise, housing options become increasingly scarce for many older adults with fixed incomes. More housing, and the right mix of housing at various price points, will ensure all older adults are housed, and that a wider variety of housing arrangements are available, including a continuum of long-term care options. Join Aging Well Whatcom and Cathy MacCaul from the AARP as they discuss solutions for Housing to Age Gracefully.

WEDNESDAY

Whatcom County Candidate Forum

Wednesday, October 19, 6pm
Hosted by: Whatcom/Bellingham Chamber of Commerce, the BIA and the AGC

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Details

WHA, Whatcom/Bellingham Chamber of Commerce, the BIA and the AGC invite you to join us for our Housing Forum with County and State candidates. We will be hosting this forum for our members to discuss affordable housing priorities and solutions with the prospective elected officials.

This is also an opportunity call attention to our policy agenda and steer in-depth in conversation towards our key priority areas of work.

WEDNESDAY

State-wide Affordability Solutions: More homes, all shapes and sizes, for all our communities

Wednesday, October 19, 12-1:30pm
Hosted by: Homes4WA, Sightline Institute

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Join Homes4WA partners and Sightline Institute researchers to learn about state-wide policy soltuions to address Washington’s housing shortage and provide access and opportunities for residents of all incomes by allowing more home choices in communities big and small. We’re working with legislators, local elected officials, and a growing coalition of stakeholders and advocates on a slate of policy solutions to be introduced in the 2023 legislative session. Learn about ideas brewing for state-wide reform for more accessory dwelling units, middle housing, density near transit, GMA updates, residential building code updates, condo reform, REET funding, and housing benefit districts. And join us to learn how you can get involved and help usher changes through the legislature.

We believe that together we can knock down the invisible walls that exclusionary zoning rules put up around our communities, taking steps to reverse the legacy of discriminatory redlining and downzoning that still dictates who can afford to live in our job centers. Together we can make our communities more affordable, legalizing less expensive homes like apartments, duplexes, townhomes, and backyard cottages. We can expand opportunity for all Washingtonians, defending renters, opening doors to homeownership, and protecting Washington families against housing instability and homelessness. Together we can protect Washington’s farms and forests reduce sprawl, and cut our climate change pollution.

THURSDAY

Creating Incentives that Work with Rick Jacobus- WHA All Member Meetings

Thursday, October 20, 8:30am – 11:30am
Hosted by: Whatcom Housing Alliance
Location: Unity and Flora, 207 Unity St. Bellingham

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Join us for our bi-annual Whatcom Housing Alliance All Member meeting and explore strategies to encourage our for-profit developers to be part of the affordable housing solution. We will be joined by Rick Jacobus a national expert in inclusionary housing and affordable homeownership and is the principal of Street Level Urban Impact Advisors. During this presentation we will deep dive into the success and pitfalls of inclusionary housing and how to enact policies that combat unequal access to housing.

THURSDAY

Housing Luminary Awards and Celebration

Thursday, October 20, 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Hosted by: Whatcom Housing Alliance
Location: Unity and Flora Commons, 207 Unity St.

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

Thank you to our Housing Week Sponsors!