The Joe Rodota Trail (JRT) is a Sonoma County Regional Park space maintained by the County of Sonoma. To address the growing homeless encampment along the Trail – at the direction of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors – the County of Sonoma activated its Emergency Operation Center on December 17th involving participation from multiple County departments and non-profit service providers focused on resolving the situation on the JRT in a viable and effective manner.
At a Special Meeting on December 23, the County Board of Supervisors approved $12 million to fund a number of solutions to house and shelter those on the JRT. On January 14, the County Board of Supervisors approved implementation of some of those solutions. Their approved plans include:
- Purchasing a residence at 866 Sonoma Avenue to be used as a Shared Home. Shared Homes help people experiencing homelessness to transition to permanent housing. Read more about the Shared Home on the County’s website here: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Homeless-Emergency/Shared-Homes/
- Establishing a temporary shelter at 171 N. Pythian Road (referred to as the Los Guilicos campus). The shelter consists of Pallet homes with locking windows and doors, and services geared to help residents move into permanent housing.
- The Los Guilicos temporary shelter is an interim solution before the County establishes two longer term shelters that will operate through the end of the year as a pilot program. Read more about the Temporary Shelter on the County’s website here: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Homeless-Emergency/Indoor-Outdoor-Shelters/
On January 31, the County completed clearing the trail and closed the portion that had been impacted by encampments to address safety and sanitation issues. The trail will remain fenced off for cleaning during the month of February and will re-open for its intended purpose once cleaning has been completed. Though shelter and/or housing was offered to all trail occupants in advance of the closure, some have chosen to re-locate in other areas including within Santa Rosa. However, clearing the trail was not the end of the work, and the County has shifted focus to their longer term plans, including establishment of the two additional longer term shelters and shared homes in order to place more individuals into housing and shelter. The City is coordinating with the County on these plans as well as on additional City efforts to continue to address homelessness throughout the community.
Frequently asked questions and all other information about the County’s efforts to address the encampment along the JRT may be found on the County’s website at: sonomacounty.ca.gov/Homeless-Emergency
If you have additional questions about the County’s homeless services programs, please contact Michael Gause at (707) 565-1977 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To report suspicious and/or criminal activity along the Joe Rodota to the Santa Rosa Police Department, call (707) 528-5222 (non-emergency).
For General information about the City’s efforts to address homelessness, please see our Homelessness Solutions webpage: https://srcity.org/691/Homelessness-Solutions.
If you are experiencing homelessness or know someone in need of assistance, please contact Sonoma County Coordinated Entry during business hours at 866-542-5480, email: CE@srcharities.org, or visit: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/CDC/Homeless-Services/Coordinated-Entry-System/.
HOW TO HELP
In an effort to improve coordination of charitable efforts, members of the public who wish to donate supplies—including food, clothing, and basic survival gear—are encouraged to bring items directly to the outreach teams and local winter shelters who are working with and providing support services to individuals on the trail. This will ensure that supplies reach those who need them most, while keeping the trail clear from excess garbage and unsanitary conditions. Below is a partial list of the organizations that have been involved with outreach efforts on the trail and can accept various donations. Please visit their individual websites for more information on what items to donate and where to donate them: