Solving our housing puzzle
We often hear “It’s time to stop talking and do something about our housing crisis” in Whatcom County. We’re hearing this from all corners of our community. This is not just a problem for the poor any longer. Any family of four living in Whatcom County whose household income is less than $95,000 a year, that’s 42,000 of our neighbors, is living without secure housing.
The empowering message of the Habitat homebuilding model is “a hand-up, not a hand-out.” Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County has been asking some hard questions in recent months. How can Habitat build affordable homes that remain affordable for future generations? What can Habitat do to mitigate the high costs of land and building permitting? Can others partner with Habitat, and do the work of building affordable housing by forgoing profit? How can Habitat’s work respond to the acute demand for housing in ways that don’t compete with the for-profit construction industry?
Habitat builds homes. We offer homes for sale at a price point well below the typical starter home price in Bellingham. This means a family of four earning less than $92,000 can purchase their own home. In turn, every new homebuyer frees up a market-rate or subsidized rental for another community member. This is how, using Habitat’s homebuilding model, we can create a path to transitional housing for the homeless. This is how we will solve the housing puzzle, and end the housing crisis in our community.
The impact is lasting. Mixed-income communities provide new sources of housing revenue. Currently, Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County is building the Telegraph Townhome project. In one bold move, Habitat will provide 52 homes for working families in Whatcom County. Click the button below to learn more about the Telegraph Townhome project, and learn how you can join us to bring an end to the housing crisis in our community.