Homelessness is a humanitarian crisis that impacts all of our communities in Sonoma County. Ending homelessness requires a countywide, shared responsibility in planning and developing solutions. Home Sonoma County is the region-wide body responsible for setting the vision and strategic planning towards ending homelessness in Sonoma County. The goal of Home Sonoma County is to achieve “functional zero” homelessness in Sonoma County through a Housing First strategy. Through Home Sonoma County, persons experiencing homelessness will be connected to permanent housing as quickly as possible using a Coordinated Entry System, Rapid Re-Housing, and Permanent Supportive Housing as key strategies to end individual housing crises.
Changing conditions in Sonoma County following the 2017 fire disaster, and budget developments at the State of California, led to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors’ unanimous declaration of a state of emergency around homelessness on July 10, 2018. The 2018 Point-in-Time Count, released the week prior to the declaration, identified 2,996 persons experiencing homelessness in Sonoma County. This represents 6% increase from the count conducted in 2017, a reverse of the downward trend observed from 2011 to 2017.
As both a funding agency and convener of planning efforts, the Sonoma County Community Development Commission acts as the Lead Agency for Home Sonoma County. In partnership with service agencies, advocates, and the community, our goal is to make homelessness increasingly rare and brief.
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