The Homeless Encampment Assistance Program (HEAP) has completed closure and clean-up of an encampment in the Industrial Drive area. The resolution of the encampment followed 10 days of outreach by Catholic Charities’ Homeless Services Outreach Team (HOST) to provide those at the encampment with options for shelter and services. Catholic Charities is the City of Santa Rosa’s primary homeless services provider.
HOST successfully engaged with 31 of approximately 50-60 people at the encampment, and 27 individuals accepted shelter placements. This included 19 individuals who relocated to the City-owned Samuel Jones Hall Homeless Shelter, five individuals who received placement in hotel rooms, and three pending placements. HOST was also able to place an individual they have worked with in several encampments into permanent housing.
During closure and clean-up of the encampment on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, no arrests were made, and two vehicles were towed. Over the past two weeks of working to resolve the encampment, the City’s Debris Response Team removed approximately 240 yards of trash and debris from the public right of way. All HEAP protocols and the restrictions of a preliminary court injunction were followed throughout the closure and clean-up process.
HEAP is focused next an encampment at Jennings Park where outreach has begun, and closure and clean-up are planned for the week of March 8, 2021.
More information about the City’s on-going efforts to address the critical issue of homelessness in Santa Rosa is available on the City’s website at the following links: