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Homeless Services Center Site Search on Hold Pending Further Public Input

Sonoma County to strengthen health, social, and public safety services in the lower Russian River to serve community

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.

After hosting 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.”

The County 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.


Contact Information

County Administrator's Office
County of Sonoma
575 Administration Drive
Room 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464626, -122.725441