The North Whatcom Poverty Task Force is a temporary advisory body tasked with conducting a needs assessment for the greater Ferndale community and presenting a set of recommendations to the Ferndale City Council that will address the impacts of income inequality, homelessness, food insecurity and rising housing prices.

The task force will be looking at issues across North Whatcom because the effects of poverty do not stop at the city limits and a holistic approach is needed to address these issues.

The City accepts applications for boards and commissions year-round, not just when there is a vacancy. If you feel you have something to contribute, please fill out an application and send it to City Clerk Susan Duncan. You can find the application here.

The North Whatcom Poverty Task Force was created by Council action 02/19/19.

The Task Force meets in the City Annex on the first Wednesday of every month from 6pm-7:30pm.

Update Feb. 24th, 2020: The North Whatcom Poverty Task Force has completed their work and is delivering their final report to council March 2nd, 6pm at the City Annex.

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Membership of North Whatcom Poverty Task Force

  • Michelle Beck
  • Shaiyeda Silverwolf
  • Jim Carr
  • Owen Cool – Vice Chair
  • Autumn Cunningham – Chair
  • Councilmember Kate Hansen
  • Ali Hawkinson
  • Sarah Koehler
  • Mark Kreutzkamp
  • Sara O’Connor
  • Riley Sweeney – City Staff

The City of Ferndale will provide a staff member to attend the meetings in a non-voting capacity.

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