How do housing availability and affordability issues affect you? What types of housing choices would meet your needs? What are the most important steps our City should take to improve housing affordability? These questions and others will inspire community feedback at the Bellingham City Council’s fourth town hall meeting of the year.
Community Voices on Affordable Housing is scheduled for 6-8:30 p.m. Monday, November 14, 2022. Community members are invited to participate in person at Bellingham City Council Chambers or via Zoom as well as watch via live stream and BTV. Details about how to sign in to participate and view the meeting are available below and in the published agenda.
The meeting will include a brief presentation followed by opportunities for participants to share feedback guided by questions provided in the special meeting packet available at meetings.cob.org. Each participant who chooses to speak will be provided two minutes for comment.
“Housing affordability and availability are among the most important concerns consistently identified by Bellingham community members,” Council President Hannah Stone said. “City leaders have prioritized policies, funding and actions to address these concerns. Our goals are to have a full range of housing choices appropriate for all income levels, meet the diverse and growing needs of our community, and remain a desirable place to live.”
Community Voices on Affordable Housing will be facilitated by Council President Stone and attended by the full council. The town hall meeting will be held in Council Chambers with the option to participate via Zoom. It also will be streamed live via the City’s website at meetings.cob.org and at cob.org/btv, broadcast in high definition on BTV on Comcast channel 321, and broadcast in standard definition on Comcast channel 10.
Spanish, Punjabi, Russian and American Sign Language interpretation is being provided at all of the 2022 town hall meetings.
2022 Bellingham City Council Town Hall Meeting Series
Stone said each town hall meeting is an opportunity for engagement between the community and the full City Council about timely issues facing our City. These special meetings are more focused than typical public comment periods, more interactive than public hearings, and include time for Council members to respond to feedback.
Through the City’s Engage Bellingham site, community members may also provide written feedback to the council in a public forum at any time on any of the town hall meeting topics:
2022 town hall meeting schedule:
- March 21: Community Voices on Climate Action (meeting information and video)
- May 16: Community Voices on Public Safety (meeting information and video)
- September 19: Community Voices on Funding Priorities (meeting information and video)
- November 14: Community Voices on Affordable Housing (meeting agenda packet)