Housing for Children & Families

People cannot thrive without safe, stable places to live. They must feel secure in their ability to maintain their housing, homes, and neighborhoods need to be hazard-free, and communities must have the resources to adequately meet people’s needs. For most families, housing is the biggest monthly expense, making housing affordability a significant factor in financial well-being.

 (Thriving Together, 2020)

In the 2018 Whatcom County Community Health Assessment (CHA), we found that housing affordability, availability, quality, and homelessness were concerns voiced in every area of the county. Affordability is straining family resources and residents see the negative impact of homelessness on individuals, families, and the community as a whole. Experiencing unstable housing can be one of the biggest obstacles in maintaining good health. People experiencing homelessness are more vulnerable to a broad range of acute and chronic illnesses, such as hypertension and diabetes. Additionally, for children experiencing homelessness, the inability to access basic needs, exposure to toxic stress, and lack of adequate sleep hinder brain development and make it more difficult to be ready to learn in school. The 2020 COVID Impact Assessment found that housing affordability and availability are still on the same pre-pandemic trajectories and getting worse.

People cannot thrive without safe, stable places to live. They must feel secure in their ability to maintain their housing, homes and neighborhoods need to be hazard-free, and communities must have the resources to adequately meet people’s needs. For most families, housing is the biggest monthly expense, making housing affordability a significant factor in financial well-being. (Thriving Together, 2020).

Our Goal

To assure housing justice for children and families of all races and ethnicities in Whatcom County. Housing Justice is the assurance of stable, high-quality, safe, and affordable housing to residents of all incomes levels. Housing conditions are directly tied to one’s health (The Praxis Project). 

  • Assure housing justice in every neighborhood and rural community. 
  • Restructure access to housing assistance to focus on prevention, remove implicit bias, and center child well-being and racial equity. 
  • Increase investments in community-building approaches to advance housing equity.  
  • Ensure access to housing justice through increasing the supply of available units for rent and purchase
  • Elevate and activate principles of anti-racism in participating organizations & increase the representation of client and BIPOC voices within and across agencies for program/process design and review.
  • Reform eligibility guidelines for housing services to center child well-being through racial equity and trauma-informed decisions and care.
  • Build wealth for BIPOC families through increased opportunities for homeownership.

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