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  • 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 February 10, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    The Russian River will recede to below flood stage at midnight tonight and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will deactivate at 6 pm, Cleanup and damage assessment continue throughout the weekend. Clear skies expected this weekend

  • Published on February 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    The latest forecast from the California Nevada River Forecast Center indicates the Russian will peak at 12 noon today, February 10th, at a crest of 34.4 feet.

  • Published on February 9, 2017 at 10:00 PM

    The latest forecast from the California Nevada River Forecast Center indicates the Russian River will reach minor flood stages at 10 pm tonight.

  • Published on January 18, 2017

    Effective Tuesday, January 17, 2017, Sonoma County’s Permit and Resource Management Department (PRMD) has opened a temporary permit center in Guerneville to help property owners obtain permits for non-structural storm damage repairs, such as drywall and electrical repairs, resulting from recent flooding of the Russian River.  Today, 1/24/2017, is the last day for the Temporary Mobile Permit Center, and that all operations will be at Permit Sonoma’s (PRMD) main office at 2550 Ventura Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA.

  • Published on January 17, 2017 at 8:00 PM

    While another winter storm is expected to hit Sonoma County starting Wednesday, January 18, 2017 the California Nevada River Forecast Center does not forecast flooding of the Russian River as a result.

  • Published on January 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    The California Nevada River Forecast Center forecasts the Russian River will remain at flood stage (above 32 feet) until 6 p.m. this evening. The County’s Emergency Operations Center continues to remain active to provide updated information and emergency services to Sonoma County residents.

  • Published on January 12, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Beginning Friday, January 13, 2017, Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works Department will provide disposal sites for residents and businesses affected by Russian River flooding. Six sites will be available to dispose of debris and trash, between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

  • Published on January 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    An advisory evacuation notice has been issued from the Sonoma County Emergency Operation Center for residents living in the Russian River flood way and its tributaries. For your safety, you're requested to leave the areas below the 38.3-foot flood level in the lower Russian River area. Be sure to take essential items, such as medicine, with you.

  • Published on January 10, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Due to the arrival of a second winter storm, the Russian River is anticipated to again reach flood stage of 32.3 feet at 5:00 p.m. today. The California Nevada River Forecast Center forecasts the Russian River will reach its peak at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow, cresting at 38.4 feet.

  • Published on January 9, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Russian River is currently cresting at 35.1 feet and is anticipated to remain at flood levels through 6 am on Tuesday, January 10th.  A second storm is predicted this evening and into tomorrow with high winds of over 40 miles per hour with moderate flooding on Wednesday January 11th.

  • Published on January 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    The Russian River reached minor flood stages of 32 feet at 1 am this morning, January 9 th. As of 9 am on January 9 th, the forecast model indicated that the Russian River will peak at 1 pm today, January 9 th, at a crest of 35.2 feet.

  • Published on January 8, 2017 at 5:45 PM
    The latest forecast from the California Nevada River Forecast Center is indicating that the Russian River will reach minor flood stages at 10 pm tonight, January 8 th.
  • Published on January 5, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    The National Weather Service is currently forecasting a strong winter storm to pass over Sonoma County­ beginning Saturday and continuing through Monday.  Heavy rainfall and some flooding of rivers and creeks is possible.

  • 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 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 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 20, 2015

    Soft road closures remain in effect for Ida Clayton Rd at SR 128. Evacuees trying to locate pets and animals left behind in the fire area can post information online.

  • 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 16, 2015

    Rains this afternoon offered a welcome assist to fire crews battling the Valley Fire, but this stint of rain is not expected to fully extinguish the fire. Road closures and advisory evacuation orders remain in place for Sonoma County.

  • Published on September 16, 2015

    Emergency responders report that while the fire continues to burn in the Geysers area, they have created significant fire breaks. The fire remains active and is subject to changes. A map of the fire area has been published on the website. Road closures and an evacuation advisory remain in effect for the Geysers area.

  • 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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Margaret Van Vliet

Executive Director

Sonoma County Community Development Commission
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Address
1440 Guerneville Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.456899, -122.733918