BELLINGHAM ­— The Homeless Strategies Workgroup has set a Friday, Nov. 15, meeting, starting at 8:30  a.m., in the Whatcom County Civic Center Annex building, 322 N. Commercial St., lower level, to broadly address the issue of homelessness in Whatcom County.

Specific goals now as winter approaches are to identify any additional winter shelters, capacity for year-round shelters, and any other ways of approaching the issue.

County Council member Barry Buchanan chairs the group. There will be various speakers at this meeting, which also allows opportunity for anyone to speak.

Topics to be covered also are: funding, safety, case management, shelter operators, partnerships with other governments and organizations, transportation options and general communication.

Meetings of the 19-member work group with a countywide purpose will continue through the winter.