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II.) Declaration of Local Emergency: In declaring a local emergency, the City Council has proclaimed that the level of homelessness in Santa Rosa constitutes a local emergency, along the same lines as safety issues that could be created by a natural disaster. This step allows the City of Santa Rosa to potentially lift zoning or public safety restrictions on private property owners – such as churches or private property owners – seeking to serve the homeless. III.) Request for Gubernatorial State of Emergency Proclamation: By writing a letter to Governor Jerry Brown requesting that he declare a state of emergency on homelessness in California, the City Council wishes to shed light on this issue not only locally, but also statewide. Furthermore, the City Council hopes this action will potentially open the door for state funding to help tackle this community health and safety concern.
On October 11, pursuant to the City’s authority under the declaration of local homeless emergency, the Council approved an interim Community Homeless Assistance Program (CHAP), establishing guidelines for use of private property for safe parking, safe camping, the placement and maintenance of portable toilets and access to existing bathroom facilities, the provision of temporary overnight shelter, and storage for personal belongings. The intent of CHAP is to foster community solutions through cross sector collaborations with the goal of reducing the impacts of homelessness on the community and to better serve persons experiencing homelessness. The CHAP guidelines are available on the City’s Homeless Services page. Local Homelessness Emergency page.
How about the encampments at the 5th, 6th, and 9th Street underpasses?
Police, Public Works, and the Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST) have been coordinating regular clean-ups of the 5th, 6th, and 9th street underpasses, and have recently begun stepping up these efforts.
Or the encampment at Farmers Lane and Bennett Valley Road?
This is one of the oldest and largest homeless encampments in Santa Rosa. The Police Department is very aware of the issues in the area and has taken extensive steps to address them through a partnership with HOST. Police and HOST have recently increased outreach and enforcement and will continue to monitor the encampment moving forward. Our ultimate goal is to find permanent housing for those living in the area and to clean all of the debris out of the area. This is, however, an extensive process, and the City is working not to just push those living at the encampment to other areas of the City. Please feel free to contact Lieutenant John Snetsinger directly at 543-3635 for more information about Police efforts at this particular encampment. Also please do not hesitate to call the Police Department to report suspicious or criminal activity in the area at 528-5222.
For more information please check out our Homeless Services page.