Bellingham's Consolidated Plan

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Artist Rendering of Samish Commons project in the Samish Way Urban Village.

What is a Consolidated Plan?

Homelessness. Affordable housing. Lack of childcare. These topics are on the minds of many people right now, both in our community and throughout the country. Our Consolidated Plan will influence how the City responds to these complex issues over the next 5 years.

The City of Bellingham has approximately $9 million each year to spend to address problems like these. However, these funds are restricted – they can only be spent on services and housing projects for our lowest income residents, and those with special needs (such as elderly or disabled persons).

Every 5 years we must create a plan to prioritize how we’ll spend this funding to best address these issues. Before making this plan, the City would like to hear from our community.


Consolidated Plan Topics

Over the next few months, we’ll be introducing a series of pages which will each focus on one of the following topics. We’ll be providing some basic information and offering ways that the community can make suggestions or give feedback.

Click on the colored boxes to learn about the topic and share your feedback.

Equitable Access to Housing

We'd like to hear from you!

Community participation is an important part of the 2023-2027 Consolidated Plan process. Please browse the topics above to share your ideas.

(Banner photo at top of page by Lauren McClanahan)

What is a Consolidated Plan?

Homelessness. Affordable housing. Lack of childcare. These topics are on the minds of many people right now, both in our community and throughout the country. Our Consolidated Plan will influence how the City responds to these complex issues over the next 5 years.

The City of Bellingham has approximately $9 million each year to spend to address problems like these. However, these funds are restricted – they can only be spent on services and housing projects for our lowest income residents, and those with special needs (such as elderly or disabled persons).

Every 5 years we must create a plan to prioritize how we’ll spend this funding to best address these issues. Before making this plan, the City would like to hear from our community.


Consolidated Plan Topics

Over the next few months, we’ll be introducing a series of pages which will each focus on one of the following topics. We’ll be providing some basic information and offering ways that the community can make suggestions or give feedback.

Click on the colored boxes to learn about the topic and share your feedback.

Equitable Access to Housing

We'd like to hear from you!

Community participation is an important part of the 2023-2027 Consolidated Plan process. Please browse the topics above to share your ideas.

(Banner photo at top of page by Lauren McClanahan)

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    Why not tax landlords? Not the mom and pop kind but companies or individuals with more than X number of dwelling units. All other businesses in Bellingham pay a B&O tax. Why are landlords exempt? Perhaps me some sort of B&O tax rebate/credit/deduction for keep rents below a certain level.

    Dick C asked 8 days ago

    Thanks for sharing your idea! This seems like more of an suggestion than a question. Would you mind submitting it here? Share your ideas for how to improve housing equity and access in Bellingham. | Equitable Access to Housing | Engage Bellingham 

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    Why do so many of Bellingham’s residents actions enable homelessness instead of requiring personal accountability from adults? Adults should rise to the level of expectations not be promoted to be content with none.

    Leslie Curlow asked 23 days ago

    Thank you for your comment. 

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    Everyone knows giving the homeless houses doesn't work, just look at los Angeles and san Francisco! You can't keep taxing residents of Bellingham and spending ten's of thousands on a fraction of 1% of the population. My house is up for sale and as soon as it sells I am out of washington! my kids have all ready moved! and I am born and raised here with relatives buried here and I can't wait to get out of here! ! !

    southsidetaxpayer asked 17 days ago

    Thank you for your comment. 

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    I'd love to see the city invest directly in housing that can be owned by our community and rented without a profit motive, to provide more affordable housing options in our town. Are there any plans to do this?

    ez asked 13 days ago

    Thank you for your question. Yes, the City already partners with several non-profit housing developers who offer permanently affordable rentals to low-income residents in Bellingham, and there are plans to continue to build more! Please take a look at our Housing & Human Services page, and scroll down to Housing Projects to see a map of the current and upcoming projects in the City. 

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    Didn’t 22 State Street and Francis Place turn out to be a disaster?

    Leslie Curlow asked 23 days ago

    Thank you for your comment. Perhaps you are thinking about the frequency of 911 calls or other problematic behaviors? After Francis Place was opened, the Bellingham Police Department tracked 911 calls related to eight individuals who were frequent users of 911 services, and who were later housed at Francis Place. Calls were tracked for up to 18 months prior to and after moving into permanent, supportive housing. There were 329 calls from this group in the period before, and 67 total calls in the period after moving into Francis Place (close to an 80% reduction). We don't have a similar data set for 22 North, but in general, we see that housing and supportive services decreases problem behaviors such as camping and loitering, helps people with mental illness to stabilize, and decreases calls to overstretched emergency services.

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    Why don’t we prioritize funding a residential facility for the mentally ill?

    Leslie Curlow asked 23 days ago

    Thank you for your question. People with disabilities, including mental illness, are a priority group in the current Consolidated Plan. The City funds several non-profit partners that provide housing for people who have a mental illness. However, the need still exceeds the resources for permanent supportive housing in our community. Making this a priority for our next Consolidated Plan is certainly an option!

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