Homeless Strategies Workgroup


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.


The Homeless Strategies Workgroup has 19 positions. The members include:

 Name  Appointed Position
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 Councilmember
Kelli Linville 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
Emilio Vela, Jr. 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


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