The Commission has commenced an Equity in Housing Project to help Sonoma County address longstanding disparities in housing. Federal, state and local government policies have perpetuated these disparities, while the current political climate has made it more difficult to reach certain populations. Recently, immigrant community members have become even more reluctant to seek housing resources for fear of immigration enforcement, despite often needing those resources the most. This has resulted in a lack of representation from non-English speaking and communities of color in some Commission programs.
The Equity in Housing Project includes two distinct but related components:
An Assessment of Fair Housing
A Countywide look at the impacts of policies, programs, zoning and market conditions across our communities that have a disparate impact on people in protected classes including minorities, seniors, people with disabilities, families with children, and others, and an Equity in Housing Agenda – which is focused more internally on modifying agency policies and programs to put equity at the forefront of all we do as the Commission.
The Equity in Housing Project
Which will guide the development of federally required 5-year planning frameworks for the Urban County, the City of Santa Rosa and the City of Petaluma, and will ensure that all of the Commission’s work prioritizes equity in housing and opportunity first and foremost.