Significant BHA Milestones

July 17, 1940

BHA created by ordinance of the Bremerton City Commission 


BHA central office is constructed and occupied at 110 Russell Road

July 17, 1941

Westpark, BHA’s first project, is completed for occupancy by shipyard workers and their families

1941 to 1945

BHA constructs 6,246 residential dwellings in Bremerton including Sheridan Park, Sinclair Park, View Ridge, Anderson Cove, Westpark Eastpark, and Qualheim Hill


Westpark and other BHA developments begin to house military families; at the conclusion of the WWII, discussions begin on disposition plans for dormitories and demountable projects, like Sinclair Park and Qualheim Hill



Aerial view of Westpark development from early BHA annual report, c. 1943


Westpark occupancy is open to the general public

1947 to 1955

BHA transfers ownership of Anderson Cove, Sheridan Park, Eastpark, Sinclair Park, Qualheim Hill, and View Ridge to a variety of groups including the US Navy and private owners; some demountable dwellings are moved to the University of Washington; duration dormitories are demolished to make way for Olympic College; Westpark remains BHA’s only housing development.


State Highway 3 construction removes a number of Westpark houses


BHA signs a contact with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to convert Westpark to the federal Conventional Low Rent Public Housing program


BHA begins participation in HUD’s Section 23 Leased Housing program, the forerunner of HUD’s Section 8 program, and begins providing rental subsidies from HUD to private landlords. 

Searle Street Apartments, located in Westpark, are completed for occupancy for seniors.


The Firs, located in Westpark, is completed for occupancy for seniors

BHA assumes management of the Mason County Housing Authority
BHA begins providing Section 8 rental assistance to low income households in cooperation with local landlords

Provide management to Narrows, Hallet House, and Village Green


Tara Heights completed for occupancy


BHA begins participation in HUD’s Rental Rehabilitation program and receives an allocation of Section 8 vouchers


BHA assumes management of Section 8 vouchers in Lewis County


Sylvan Pines (40 Units) senior home ownership unit in East Bremerton

BHA begins administration of Section 8 Certificates and Vouchers for the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority


Congress passes the Quality Housing Work Responsibility Act (QHWRA) and the Section 8 Certificate and Voucher programs are consolidated into the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program


Commissioners conduct a community-wide affordable housing needs study; BHA completes conversion of all Section 8 Certificates to Housing Choice Vouchers

Contract Management Services, a division of BHA, is formed to compete for Performance-Based Contract Administration (PBCA) work for HUD in the state of Washington


Contract Management Services (CMS) is awarded the PBCA contract for Washington


BHA initiates an eight-month stakeholder process to redevelop Westpark


Westpark vision of the future completed


Tamarack acquired and added to BHA portfolio

CMS enters into subcontract with the Hawaii Public HA to perform PBCA tasks in Hawaii


CMS is awarded PBCA contracts for the states of Utah and Nebraska

BHA purchased 2nd floor offices in the Norm Dicks Government Center (NDGC)


BHA ends management of Lewis County Housing Choice Vouchers


Bay Vista Commons opens for occupancy BHA receives HUD relocation vouchers to assist with moving residents from Westpark


Relocation of residents out of Westpark begins 
HUD awards BHA a HOPE VI Public Housing Revitalization Grant of $20M


CMS subcontracts with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) to perform PBCA tasks in So. California

BHA ends management services for Mason Co. HA and Jefferson Co. HA; Housing Choice Vouchers in Mason Co. are transferred into BHA’s portfolio

Demolition of existing Westpark homes begins and construction started for the new Bay Vista community


Last residents of Westpark move out and BHA central office at 110 Russell Road is demolished. BHA central operations move to temporary location at 4040 Wheaton Way


The Summit and Bay Vista South open for occupancy 
Winfield apartments acquired and renovated


Shadow Creek acquired and Bay Vista West opens for occupancy


BHA moves into their new permanent central office at 600 Park Avenue


Contract Management Services, a division of BHA, enters into a contract to provide performance-based contract administrative services (PBCA) tasks in Georgia and Illinois

July 17, 2015

BHA celebrates 75 years of strengthening communities in Bremerton and across the US


Wright Court acquired and renovated

Charter House acquired and renovated

BHA rolled out a new website in September 2016. The new website transitioned BHA from an outdated web presence to an efficient and secure website built on an industry proven content management system


Case Del Sol acquired and renovated


BHA partnered with the City of Bremerton to create a unique Rental Assistance Program to address gaps in housing affordability for working households

BHA completed the sale of the last two remaining parcels of land at the former West Park public housing project

BHA incorporation of all property management functions in-house October 1, 2018


BHA upgraded to Yardi Voyager 7S May 2019.  The conversion from Yardi Voyager 6 to 7S significantly enhanced BHA's ability to manage programs and reporting as a Housing Authority

BHA contributes $3.1 million for Pendleton Place, a 72-unit permanent supportive housing developed for chronically homeless individuals


CMS rolled out a new website August 2020.  The new website transitioned CMS from a platform with many limitations to a robust content management system with lots of opportunities

December 1, 2020 CMS celebrates 20 years in reshaping the affordable housing landscape in Bremerton

2020 Agency Award of Merit – Resident and Client Services: Community Connections Team

The Community Connections Team (CCT) organizes supportive services for individuals and families receiving subsidy from Bremerton Housing Authority (BHA). The CCT works to encourage all residents to stay connected to their community by offering various classes and activities. The team connects residents to long-term economic self-sufficiency resources through referrals for job training, financial literacy programs, wellness programs, basic education, and career advancement. The CCT also runs and operates a full-service cafe and Barista Training Program used for job and life skills training. The program has seen many graduates go on to find jobs and thrive.

Government Technology and AT&T Special Districts West Region

2020 Technology Innovation Award – Operations Category: Bremerton Housing Authority, WA – Telecommuting Implementation

Although management of low-income housing is considered an essential function, the authority implemented emergency telecommuting for 50% of its staff, including use of Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Customers and stakeholders were supported extremely well, resulting in telecommuting becoming permanent.


BHA welcomes new Executive Director, Jill Stanton

Playgrounds at Shadow Creek and Winfield completed

Formation of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Team
To promote a broad understanding and appreciation of diversity, engendering in staff, clients and stakeholders the wisdom to listen to and respect voices and perspectives different from our own

Diversity is the presence of differences within a given setting.  Equity is the process of ensuring that processes and programs are impartial, fair and provide equal possible outcomes for every individual.  Inclusion is the practice of ensuring that people feel a sense of belonging in the workplace

Formation of BHA Engagement was established

BHA Home Purchase project was selected to receive $1.5 million award funding in the 2021 Housing Trust Fund "Rapid Capital Housing Acquisition"

Awarded 20 additional VASH vouchers from Department of Veterans Affairs


HUD revised our Fair Market Rents.  The new calculation is almost 20% higher than our 2021 calculation.  This is a huge win for us, our community and, in particular, for our voucher holders shopping for units. This increase will allow us to pay higher rents for every unit size and benefits at least another dozen rental assistance programs in Kitsap County. 

An award of nearly $43,000 to the Bremerton Housing Authority from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for its Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) initiative is already making a difference in young lives.  The FYI program provides funds to pay market rate rents for three to five years to eligible young people who are also receiving other supportive services. This is initial funding for vouchers awarded so far, with more funding available as additional vouchers are distributed to youth aging out of foster care. 

September 2022 Pendleton Place is completely leased up.  72 people have been moved into Pendleton Place since late May.  That is 72 people who are no longer homeless.

October 2022 Friends of Housing Award: Recognized for our successful efforts with appealing to HUD for higher fair market rents.


March 2023 Implementing Resident Notification App "Homes4Good"

May 2023 CMS subcontracts with the Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) to perform PBCA tasks in Missouri.


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