First Meeting of Homeless Housing Task Force
This week, the Board of Cowlitz County Commissioners officially appointed individuals to the Homeless-Housing Task Force. The Board created the local task force on May 23, 2017 to provide input on the ongoing development of a ten-year homeless housing plan to address homelessness in Cowlitz County.
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. 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 then created the new Homeless Housing Task Force.
Persons interested in serving on the new Task Force may visit the county’s website to apply through the Board of County Commissioners office. The Task Force will hold its first meeting on Thursday, September 28 at 2:00 p.m. in Conference Room A of the Health & Human Services building. Health & Human Services is located at 1952 9th Avenue in Longview. Task Force members will determine the date and time of subsequent meetings during the first meeting.
To contact the Health & Human Services Departments, please call 360-414-5599.