Joe Rodota Trail

Ongoing Actions in Response the Homeless Emergency

The Board of Supervisors have a multi-part approach to address the homeless emergency on the Joe Rodota Trail. This page summarizes the Board’s actions to date.

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Actions to Date

Shared Housing
  • On January 14, 2020, the Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of two properties for Shared Homes.
Master Leasing
Multi-site Indoor-Outdoor Shelters
Emergency Outdoor Shelter Site
  •  On January 14, 2020, the Board of Supervisors selected Los Guillicos, 171 Pythian Road, for an emergency outdoor shelter site.
  • This emergency outdoor shelter site will operate until the longer-term indoor-outdoor shelters are created, but no later than April 30, 2020 – whichever comes first.
Trail Support
  • The Intensive Coordinated Care Team began engaging individuals on the trail.
  • There are 11 portable toilets and two handwashing stations on the trail.
  • Trash is currently picked up three times a week.
  • Security for occupants on the trail occurs on a nightly basis.
  • Pest control services began on January 6, 2020.
  • Needle disposal bins were brought to the trail on January 6, 2020.

Actions in Progress Include:

Permanent Supportive Housing

Housing is healthcare: when individuals receive supportive housing, they are much more likely to maintain housing and less likely to fall back into homelessness. They are also more likely to have better health.

  • Statistics show that 95% of individuals remain housed after one year when they receive permanent supportive housing.   

Our ultimate goal is to get the individuals on the trail into permanent housing while providing support services, including: medical, behavioral, and social services—such as food assistance, cash assistance, and applications for social security disability benefits. 

Master Leasing

A service provider (non-profit) may lease an entire rental property, and then sublease it to people who are living on the trail. The County will establish the program and subsidize leases. A request for qualifications (RFQ) for Master Leasing and Site-Based Services for Permanent Supportive Housing was released on January 8, 2020.

Emergency Outdoor Shelter Site

The Board of Supervisors selected Los Guillicos, 171 Pythian Road, for an emergency outdoor shelter site. This site will provide 60 temporary 64 square foot housing units, restrooms, showers, dining area/warming station, personal storage, dog run, a Navigation Center, medical services, fire watch, and 24-hour security.

Indoor-Outdoor Shelters

The indoor-outdoor sites may include a combination of on-site structures, RV hook-ups, and safe parking. 

A stakeholder engagement meeting for specific design elements of the indoor-outdoor shelters sites was held on Friday, January 3, 2020. The County is currently in the process of identifying potential locations for these sites based on Board approve criteria. Read more about Indoor-Outdoor Shelters

Notifying Neighbors

Neighbors will be notified about shelters and permanent supportive housing in their area before individuals move into them.

Contact Information

575 Administration Drive
Suite 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464665, -122.725235

Responding to Homelessness

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The County has a strong commitment to provide a path to permanent stable housing for all people experiencing homelessness. The Sonoma County Community Development Commission is the lead agency charged with preventing and ending homelessness.