In 2005 the legislature created the homeless housing program to develop and coordinate a statewide strategic plan aimed at housing homeless persons. RCW 43.185C.160 requires each participating County to create or designate a Homeless Housing Task Force. Prior to 2017, Cowlitz County contracted the coordination of the Homeless Housing Task Force with the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments, an external agency. The Board of County Commissioners transitioned coordination of the Homeless Housing Task Force to the Health and Human Services Departments on January 1, 2017. To comply with RCW 43.185C.160, the County created a Homeless Housing Task Force.
The purpose of the Homeless Housing Task Force is to provide input into the ongoing development of a ten-year homeless housing plan to address homelessness in Cowlitz County as required by RCW 43.185C.160.
Task Force Meeting Information
The Cowlitz County Homeless Housing Task Force meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm in Conference Room A of the Health & Human Services Departments' Building. The Health & Human Services Departments are located at 1952 9th Avenue in Longview, Washington. The Board of Health may appoint up to fifteen (15) members to the Homeless Housing Task Force consisting of representation that meets requirements outlined in RCW 43.185C.160 and in representation of other local needs.