Commission on Ending Homelessness


  • Third Thursday of every Month


Method of Appointment 

The Commission is comprised of sixteen voting commissioners. Five commissioners are appointed by the City Council, upon the recommendation of the Mayor. Five commissioners are appointed by the County Commissioners. Five commissioners shall be nominated by the Operating Cabinet of the Continuum of Care and shall be recommended for appointment by the City. The Mayor and the Chairperson of the County Commissioners shall appoint the chairperson of the Commission.

In addition to the sixteen aforementioned appointed Commissioners, one elected City official and one elected County official shall be appointed as ex officio, non-voting members of the Commission.

Number of Members


Terms of Office 

Commissioners shall serve for three-year terms and are limited to two consecutive terms. The Commission initially will be comprised of members of the Ten Year Plan Commission on Homelessness. The remaining Commission seats shall be filled as described herein and those Commissioners shall serve three-year terms.

Chief Staff Person

Debra McCluney
United Way of Forsyth County
Phone: 336-721-9373

Resource Support Staff

City: Shereka Floyd
Planning/Developer Coordinator
Phone: 336-734-1350

County: Kyle Haney
Forsyth County, Housing Director
Phone: 336-703-2680

Current Membership - City Council Appointments

NameRace & GenderTermExpiration
Cynthia JeffriesBlack Female1January 2024
Board Chair, Currently Open

Michael Wiseman (Business) White Male1
Alan K. Hodges (Hanes Brand, retired)White Male3Until replacement
Property Manager/Real Estate

William Penn (at large)Black Male1

Current Membership - Forsyth County Appointments

NameRace & GenderTermExpiration
Shane AtwoodWhite Male2March 2025
Willie CokerBlack Male1January 2024
Jennifer MartinBlack Female1January 2024
Melissa Morrissette HurstWhite Female1

March 2025

Richard Watkins (Mental Health)White Male1May 2025

Current Membership - Operating Cabinet Appointments

NameRace & GenderExpiration
J Nelson Weaver(agency on the HIC)Black FemaleJanuary 2023
Alan Hodges, Operating Cabinet ChairWhite MaleOctober 2024
Open Seat

Open Seat 

Tashandra Wisely (at large member)Black FemaleOctober 2026

Current Membership - Ex-Officio, Non-Voting Members

NameRace & Gender
Commissioner Gloria WhisenhuntWhite Female
Jeff MacIntosh, City CouncilWhite Male

Authority for Creation 

The Commission was established by a resolution adopted by the Winston-Salem City Council on August 18, 2014, and by the Forsyth County Commissioners on September 8, 2014. The Commission was formed by amending the ordinance creating the Ten Year Plan Commission on Homelessness, which was established by a resolution adopted by the Winston-Salem City Council on May 15, 2006, and by the Forsyth County Commissioners on August 14, 2006.

Purpose / Function

The purpose of the Commission is to act as a governing body for collaborative planning and implementation of strategic initiatives and investments to end homelessness in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.