Homelessness Solutions

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Homelessness is a major and growing concern for Santa Rosa, and has been identified as one of the City Council's top priorities. However, unlike a street repair or starting a business, homelessness is a complex social issue with many contributing factors that cannot be easily or quickly solved by a single agency or organizations. Solutions require both immediate and long-term strategies, and partnerships with County agencies, community organizations, and you. We at the City of Santa Rosa want you to know what we are doing to address homelessness and to invite you to work with us to reduce homelessness in Santa Rosa. This page offers tips, resources, and information about solutions that the City is currently implementing. 

Open Letter to the Community from Mayor Coursey Regarding Homelessness
Carta Abierta a la Comunidad Sobre Personas Sin Hogar

Homeless Encampment Cleanup Project

Housing. Safety. Community. Dignity. 

homeless encampment garbage and other debris
homeless encampment garbage and household items
Starting July 2017, the City will begin an effort to address the health, safety, and fire issues for encampment occupants and surrounding community, resulting from the encampment at Farmers Lane and Bennett Valley Road, and to mitigate impacts to the surrounding neighborhoods. A community meeting was held on Monday, July 10, 2017 from 6:00 - 7:30PM at the Congregation Shomrei Torah to provide neighbors and businesses near the encampment, and occupants of the encampment, with information about the project and to answer questions. 

Meeting Handouts and Other Program Materials

Frequently Asked Questions
Meeting Presentation 
Pilot Program Fact Sheet
Pilot Program Media Release
Programa Piloto de Limpieza de Campamento de Personas Sin Hogar Y Reunion Informativa Comunitaria

Due to a recorder malfunction, there is no audio recording of the meeting available. 

Public Meeting Series on Homelessness Solutions 

Meeting #1

Wednesday, May 24, 2017; 4:00 PM
City of Santa Rosa Utilities Field Office (UFO), 35 Stony Point Road, Santa Rosa
Video Recording

Meeting #2

Special Joint Meeting of the Santa Rosa City Council and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
Date, time, and location TBD - please check back soon for an update
If you are unable to make the meeting in-person, you may submit your public comment to the City Council in writing at citycouncil@srcity.org.  Submissions made in writing will be sent to all City Council Members and will be considered part of public comment.

What is the City doing?

Downtown Enforcement Team (DET) 
  • Get more information about the Police Department's Downtown Enforcement Team.
Fire/Police Homeless Incident GIS Map Data
  • The Santa Rosa Open Data Viewer is a unique way to view data - view heat maps, time sliders, and charts. This link currently holds Calls for Service from the Santa Rosa Police and Fire Departments for homeless related issues.
Housing Action Plan
  • This webpage provides a link to the Housing Action Plan and current active components, as well as the 2016 Housing Report and the 2017 New Housing Construction Activity Report.
Housing First Strategy
  • Adopted by the City Council in 2017 as a primary goal. Housing First takes an evidence-based approach to solving homelessness using data from best practices that demonstrate effectiveness in moving a person or family into stable housing as quickly as possible without making housing contingent on participation in services or as a reward for changing behaviors.
Homeless Services
  • The Homeless Services webpage provides contact information for various City programs and partner programs aimed at helping individuals experiencing homelessness.
Homeless Outreach Service Team (HOST)
  • Operated by Catholic Charities and funded by the City of Santa Rosa, HOST (Homeless Outreach Services Team) is a street outreach team that actively works in the downtown Santa Rosa area to engage unsheltered homeless into services and housing in collaboration with the Police Department's Downtown Enforcement Team and other providers.
Sonoma County 2017 Homeless Census and Survey
  • The 2017 Sonoma County Point-in-Time Count was a community-wide effort conducted on January 26, 2017. In the weeks following the street count, a survey was administered to 687 unsheltered and sheltered homeless individuals, in order to profile their experience and characteristics. 
  • Executive Summary
Sonoma County Continuum of Care (CoC)
  • A private-public partnership that brings together local government, service providers, and community activists to develop collaborative strategies for reducing homelessness.

How Can I Help?

  • Volunteer at an organization that provides services to homeless individuals and families
  • Donate money, food and/or clothing to organizations in Santa Rosa or Sonoma County that work to reduce homelessness
  • Attend and participate in City Council, Board of Supervisors, or Community Advisory Board meetings on homelessness
  • Get involved with local advocacy groups that are working to help reduce homelessness
  • Participate in neighborhood or community clean-ups
  • Do not give money, food, clothing or other items directly to homeless individuals 

Resources for Getting Involved

2-1-1 Sonoma County
Community Advisory Board
Sonoma County Homeless Resource Guide
Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless
Volunteer Center of Sonoma County

Partner Service Providers

Catholic Charities
Community Action Partnership
Social Advocates for Youth (SAY)

Advocacy Groups

Homeless Action
Roseland Community Building Initiative Group
Santa Rosa Together