Homeless Strategies Workgroup

Purpose


The Homeless Strategies Workgroup was originally established by Resolution 2017-055 to identify alternative solutions to living unsheltered in Whatcom County, with priority given to solutions to prevent people from having no other option than to sleep outside as the weather gets cold.

On July 23, 2019, the County Council approved Resolution 2019-034 amending the membership and purpose of the Workgroup. The amended purpose of the Homeless Strategies Workgroup is to identify additional temporary winter shelters and added capacity for year round shelters. Additionally, the workgroup will identify ways to address the needs of the county’s homeless population and prevent people from having no other option than to sleep outside.

On February 14, 2020, the Homeless Strategies Workgroup members approved the addition of three more members, and on February 26, 2020, the County Council approved a resolution amending the Homeless Strategies Workgroup membership (AB2020-094).

Members


The Homeless Strategies Workgroup has 22 positions. The members are:
  • Barry Buchanan, Chair, Whatcom County Councilmember
  • Tyler Schroeder, Whatcom County
  • Carol Frazey, Whatcom County Councilmember
  • Michael Lilliquist, City of Bellingham Councilmember
  • Dan Hammill, Bellingham City Council Member
  • Seth Fleetwood, City of Bellingham, Mayor
  • Riley Sweeney, City of Ferndale
  • Michael Shepard, Port of Bellingham, Commissioner
  • Hans Erchinger-Davis, Lighthouse Mission Ministries Representative
  • Mike Parker, Opportunity Council Representative
  • Nick Lewis, Lummi Indian Business Council
  • Ann Beck, Whatcom County Health
  • Karen Burke, Housing Advisory Committee Member
  • Dean Wight, Northwest Youth Services Representative
  • Florence Simon, Bellingham Police, Deputy Chief
  • Doug Chadwick, Whatcom County Sheriff, Undersheriff
  • Mike Hilley, Whatcom County EMS
  • Guy Occhiogrosso, Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce Representative
  • Markis D. Stidham, Homeless Advocate (County Council-appointed)
  • VACANT, Special populations (representing domestic violence, behavioral health, and/or elder care and medically fragile) (County Council-appointed)
  • VACANT, Homeless children and families (County Council-appointed)
  • VACANT, Schools (County Council-appointed)

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