Santa Rosa, CA – May 5, 2017 – Fifth District Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda
Hopkins announced today that she will not pursue the purchase of any property
to serve as a homeless day service shelter in the lower Russian River area at
this time. Instead, the County will strengthen coordination and funding
for health, human, and public safety services in the lower Russian River area,
and any future service center location discussions will be conducted in
collaboration with the community.
The 2016 Homeless Count identified 193
homeless persons in the Lower Russian river area. Guerneville’s current
homeless shelter operates for four months in the winter in downtown Guerneville
at the Veterans Memorial Hall.
two town halls with over 1,000 participants, Supervisor Hopkins called together
county public safety, health, and social services officials to strategize a
response to the public concerns raised through the engagement process.
“The lower Russian
River community has clearly shown their passion for a real solution,”
Supervisor Hopkins. “The current impacts of homelessness and lawlessness are
unacceptable. While our next steps will address current impacts and help
people, we must craft long term solutions to make a difference. The community
feedback will continue to guide development of the County’s approach.”
strategy will focus on helping people find housing. Subject to the upcoming
County Budget Process, increased services could include behavioral health,
substance abuse treatment, case management, and general health care. The County
will also be working with the community and public safety officials to reduce
crime in the region and increase patrols. These actions will not preclude
future efforts at a service center location.