Housing Advisory Committee of Whatcom County

Housing Program

Stable housing is the foundation upon which people build and improve their lives.

The Human Services Housing Program provides opportunities in the community to create safe affordable housing. Together with public and private partners and with the Whatcom County Coalition to End Homelessness, we work to reduce and ultimately end homelessness in our community.

The Housing Program is funded with local document recording fees, grants from Washington State Department of Commerce, and local veteran and mental health funds dedicated to homeless housing assistance.

The work of the Housing Program:
  • Awards funds to organizations that directly assist people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless with housing and services.
  • Facilitates community wide planning, participates in regional planning
  • Updates and oversees implementation of the Plan to End Homelessness
  • Conducts annual Point in Time Count of homeless people
  • Acts as liaison to Department of Commerce
  • Represents the community as Continuum of Care lead
  • Provides housing and service related advocacy on behalf of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness


Karen Burke                      Non-Profit representative
Kyle Christensen               Designated -Small Cities rep
Regina Delahunt               Designated - Health Department
Samya Lutz                       Designated - City of Bellingham
Jennifer Moon                   Non-Profit representative
Emily O'Connor                Human Services representative
Michael Parker    Coordinated Entry lead agency rep
Debbie Paton                   Social Services representative
Paul Schissler                  Urban housing representative
Brien Thane                     Housing Authority representative


  • 2nd Thursday of every other month, 8:30 - 10:00 AM (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec)
  • WECU Education Center, 511 E Holly Street, Bellingham, Washington

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