Press Releases from Community Development Commission

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  • Published on June 26, 2019

    Despite widespread concerns about the ongoing effects of the 2017 fires, the 2019 Point-in-Time Homeless Count shows that the number of people experiencing homelessness in Sonoma County has declined by 2% during the past year - from 2,996 in 2018 to 2,951 in 2019.

  • Published on June 25, 2019

    The Sonoma County Housing Authority will accept applications for its new Housing Choice Voucher lottery waiting list from July 1-31, 2019. Applications may be completed online at www.waitlistcheck.com/CA085 or in person at the Housing Authority's offices, located at 1440 Guerneville Road in Santa Rosa.

    La Autoridad de Vivienda del Condado de Sonoma aceptará solicitudes para su nueva lista de espera para la lotería de Vales de Elección de Vivienda del 1 al 31 de julio de 2019. Las solicitudes se pueden completar en línea en www.waitlistcheck.com/CA085 O en persona en las oficinas de la Autoridad de Vivienda, ubicadas en 1440 Guerneville Road en Santa Rosa

  • Published on May 2, 2019

    While the local housing crisis grabs news headlines and holds public attention, the Sonoma County Community Development Commission isn’t just pushing for more housing, but also for equity in housing.

  • Published on March 6, 2019

    The Roseland Village Development Project approved by the Santa Rosa Planning Commission on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 will provide housing and community amenities in an area of the city that has lacked resources for decades.

  • Published on January 29, 2019

    With the federal government reopened through at least February 15, 2019, the Sonoma County Housing Authority is able to fund rental assistance payments for programs financed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through May 31, 2019.

  • Published on January 17, 2019

    The Sonoma County Housing Authority will continue to provide much-needed rental assistance through its programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), despite the federal government continuing its longest shutdown in U.S. history. The Housing Authority has guaranteed rental assistance payments through March 2019.

  • Published on December 17, 2018

    In a significant step towards addressing Sonoma County’s housing crisis, last Tuesday the Board of Supervisors approved a series of actions that will result in the creation of 618 new units of affordable housing over the next three years.

  • Published on July 6, 2018

    The most recent report from the Sonoma County Community Development Commission's annual "Homeless Count" foreshadow a post-fire rise in homelessness. 

  • Published on February 16, 2018
    The Sonoma County Community Development Commission is coordinating the 2018 Point-in-Time Homeless Count. The Homeless Count will include a “street count” of people who are living outside in all census tracts in the County, as well as counting those staying in shelters, jail or institutions on the night before the street count.
  • Published on October 6, 2017
    In an effort to address the homeless crisis, the Sonoma County Community Development Commission (CDC) recently proposed to lend up to $950,000 to West County Community Services for the purchase of a five-bedroom home in Guerneville to be used as permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals
  • Published on September 25, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    The Sawmill Fire, which began at approximately 10:50 am today, has burned approximately 500 acres off Big Geysers Road and Geysers Resort Road, 10 miles east of Cloverdale. Due to ordered evacuations, the County of Sonoma has opened an Evacuation Center with the Red Cross. Read more

  • Published on March 11, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    The National Weather Service is currently forecasting a second storm to pass through Sonoma County, with more heavy rainfall and some minor flooding of rivers and creeks. 

  • Published on March 10, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    The National Weather Service is currently forecasting a strong winter storm to pass over Sonoma County beginning today and continuing through Sunday

  • Published on September 21, 2015
    the Sonoma County Community Development Commission (SCCDC) will launch the Roseland Village Community Center and facilitate a public meeting for input on the repurposed facility, a new home for community focused programs, including library and children’s programs, as well as exercise and educational opportunities.
  • Published on September 21, 2015

    The Valley fire, which burned 75,781 acres, is now 75% contained. All roads in Sonoma County that were closed due to the Valley Fire are now open. Some road closures are still in effect in Lake County. Information regarding these closures can be found at www.fire.ca.gov/.

  • Published on September 19, 2015

    For those wishing to make donations of goods to the Valley Fire Shelter, the Calistoga Beverage Company, located at 865 Silverado Trail North, Calistoga, CA 94515 is currently the designated site for drop-offs. Donations will be accepted every day from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

  • Published on September 19, 2015

    Residents of recently burned areas are advised to use caution in cleaning up ash from recent wildfires. The ash from trees burned in forest fires is relatively nontoxic and similar to ash that might be found in your fireplace. However, ash from burned homes and other items will likely contain metals, chemicals, and potentially asbestos, items that can be considered toxic if breathed in or touched with wet skin.

  • Published on September 17, 2015

    All advisory evacuation orders have been removed for Sonoma County residents. Soft road closures remain in place for two areas in northeast Sonoma County

  • Published on September 15, 2015

    Emergency responders make progress in combating the Valley Fire. Emergency responders report that while the fire continues to burn in the Geysers area, they have created significant fire breaks and removed hazards that were impeding fire crews. The fire remains active and is subject to changes.

    For your safety, please avoid these areas. Individuals with residences or businesses in the area are allowed access these roads but are encouraged to use caution when entering.

  • Published on September 15, 2015

    The Valley Fire has burned 67,000 acres, is 15% contained, and 2,362 fire personnel from across the state are involved in the response. The Board of Supervisors approved supporting all County employees impacted by the disaster with a Disaster Leave Program which allows employees to share accrued leave time with those employees impacted by the disaster, and supported other administrative leave options that will assist impacted employees as they continue recovering from this event.

  • Published on September 14, 2015

    The Valley Fire spread further into Sonoma County last night, and fire boundaries have been set north of Knights Valley and east of Alexander Valley. The public is advised to avoid the area in order to facilitate emergency response.

    Advisory evacuations were ordered by CAL FIRE for the following locations:

    • Pine Flat Road, addresses 5000 and above
    • Geysers Road out of Healdsburg, addresses 6000 and above
    • Geysers Road out of Geyserville, addresses 9400 and above
  • Published on September 13, 2015

    Advisory evacuations were ordered by CAL FIRE for the following locations:

    • Pine Flat Road, addresses 5000 and above
    • Geysers Road out of Healdsburg, addresses 6000 and above
    • Geysers Road out of Geyserville, addresses 9400 and above

    Advisory evacuations notify residents that existing conditions dictate that a Mandatory Evacuation Order may be given in the near future, but that the threat to lives is not yet imminent.

  • Published on September 13, 2015

    Emergency response agencies throughout Sonoma County are currently monitoring the Valley Fire taking place in Lake County. No Sonoma County residences threatened at this time. Sonoma County is supporting the disaster response in Lake County.

  • Published on June 22, 2015
    The Sonoma County Community Development Commission (Commission) will host a community meeting on June 25 th for the public to provide feedback on the preliminary proposals for the future development of the Roseland Village Neighborhood Center. This meeting is part of an ongoing effort to ensure local community insight remains core to the plans for the long-term future of the property. Food and beverages, as well as professional translation services and childcare, will be provided.
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Janelle Wetzstein

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Sonoma County Community Development Commission

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