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Whatcom County Housing Advisory Committee (WCHAC) pdf

The WCHAC will review applications for certain housing related projects and make recommendations to the County Executive.

2013 Homeless Person Count Report

A Home For Everyone - Basic Plan

2012 Homeless Person Count Report

Re-Entry Housing Pilot Project Report (year 3) 2011

City Gate Re-Entry Housing Project Final Report 2011

Whatcom County Homeless Housing Plan

2011 Homeless Person Count Report

Press Release for 2011 Report

2010 Homeless Person Count Report

2009 Homeless Person Count Report

2008 Homeless Person Count Report

2007 Homeless Person Count Report


2006 Homeless Person Count Report


Stakeholders Forum April 1, 2009

HGAP Homeless Project 2007-2010

2060 Very low-income housing funds

The 2002 Washington State Legislature passed SHB 2060 that requires county auditors to charge a ten-dollar recording fee on all recorded documents with the exception of those previously excluded from any fees.   One of the purposes of the fund is to support operations and maintenance costs of housing projects or units within housing projects that are affordable to very low-income persons with incomes at or below 50 percent of the area median income and that require a supplement to rent revenue to cover ongoing operating expenses.   The Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Fund subsidy enables housing to be affordable to a broader range of very low-income households than would be possible without such subsidy.   Funds will be used to fill the gap between eligible operating costs and project income.  

 

In 2004 Whatcom County entered into 2060 Interlocal Agreement with the all the municipalities of Whatcom County. The County Executive has established a citizens advisory committee to advise the County on the allocation of the 60% county portion 2060 funds (40% of funds collected are returned to the state) . This Advisory Committee is currently named the Whatcom County Housing Advisory Committee and is an Advisory Committee to the Whatcom County Executive.

 

  Information regarding the membership, activities and minutes of this advisory committee can be found on the Whatcom County Health Department website under

http://www.co.whatcom.wa.us/health/hlipac/index.jsp#housing. (as of 9/26/05 this website has not been updated)

 

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS

Based upon recommendations of the Whatcom County Housing Advisory Committee, Whatcom County will fund projects for very low-income households (50% and below of area median income), and projects for very low-income persons with special needs. (including disabilities and homelessness).             

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

Non-profits, Agencies/ Providers of affordable housing, Cities, Towns, the County, providing affordable housing in Whatcom County, Washington in accordance with SHB 2060 Affordable Housing Program.

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES

These funds will be allocated as required by RCW and the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement in the following manner:

  1. Operating Funds: Maintenance and operation funds for shelters, transitional housing, or for rental assistance voucher programs.
  2. Housing Retention: To provide home rehabilitation and emergency repairs for housing occupied by Whatcom County residents at or below the 50% of the area median income.
  3. Capital Funds: For the development of transitional and permanent housing including the acquisition and rehabilitation or construction costs. These funds can be used as a matching contribution with other funding sources such as (but not limited to) CDBG and Home Funding.

 

The Whatcom County Health Department, 512 Girard Street Bellingham, and Human Services Division supports the citizen advisory board and provides administrative services for 2060 funds.

Contact: Human Services Division at 360 676-6724

 

2163 The Homelessness housing and assistance act

The 2005 Washington State Legislature passed Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 2163 or ESSHB 2163 an ACT Relating to preventing and ending homelessness in the State of Washington. HB 2163   requires county auditors to charge an additional surcharge of ten dollars on recorded documents.   One of the purposes of the fund is to support operations and maintenance costs of housing projects or units within housing projects that serve needs identified in the county ten-year homeless housing plan. The county plan is required to include a minimum goal of reducing homelessness by 50% by July 1, 2015.

 

Whatcom County has chosen to add the responsibilities for the administration of 2163 funds to the established citizens advisory committee established by the County Executive in 2004 advise the County regarding the allocation of the 2060 funds. This Advisory Committee is currently called the Whatcom County Housing Advisory Committee and is an Advisory Committee to the Whatcom County Executive Office. The citizens advisory committee will advise the County on the allocation of the county portion of 2163 funds.

 

  Information regarding the membership, activities and minutes of this advisory committee can be found on the Whatcom County Health Department website under housing.

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS

Based upon recommendations of the Whatcom County Housing Advisory Committee, Whatcom County will fund projects for homeless individuals ,families and families with children based upon the priorities established in the county ten-year homeless housing plan and meeting guidelines established by the Washington State Department of community Trade and Economic Development.             

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

Non-profits, Agencies/Providers of affordable housing, Cities, Towns, the County, providing affordable housing in Whatcom County, Washington in accordance with HB2163 Affordable Housing Program.

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES

These funds will be allocated as required by RCW and the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement in the following manner:

Eligible activities under the local plans include:
     (a) Rental and furnishing of dwelling units for the use of homeless persons;
     (b) Costs of developing affordable housing for homeless persons, and services for formerly homeless individuals and families residing in transitional housing or permanent housing and still at risk of homelessness;
     (c) Operating subsidies for transitional housing or permanent housing serving formerly homeless families or individuals;
     (d) Services to prevent homelessness, such as emergency eviction prevention programs including temporary rental subsidies to prevent homelessness;
     (e) Temporary services to assist persons leaving state institutions and other state programs to prevent them from becoming or remaining homeless;
     (f) Outreach services for homeless individuals and families;
     (g) Development and management of local homeless plans including homeless census data collection; identification of goals, performance measures, strategies, and costs and evaluation of progress towards established goals;
     (h) Rental vouchers payable to landlords for persons who are homeless or below thirty percent of the median income or in immediate danger of becoming homeless; and
     (i) Other activities to reduce and prevent homelessness as identified for funding in the local plan.

 

The Whatcom County Health Department, 512 Girard Street Bellingham, and Human Services Division supports the citizen advisory board and provides administrative services for 2163 funds.

Contact: Human Services Division  (360) 676-6724

Committee Bylaws, minutes, agendas and timeline for committee actions will be available at this site.

Contact

Whatcom County Health Department
Human Service Division
509 Girard Street
Bellingham, WA 9822
(360) 676-6724


Links

For information on homelessness in Whatcom County see The City of Bellingham human services and homelessness web site .

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