On January 14, 2020 the Board of Supervisors discussed the Emergency Outdoor Shelter Site solutions and Joe Rodota Trail security.
Agenda Item #36
The Board of Supervisors selected Los Guillicos, 171 Pythian Road, for a temporary shelter site. This site has 60 emergency 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. This temporary shelter site will be managed and supported by St. Vincent de Paul.
Outdoor shelters are not in themselves a solution to homelessness. The outdoor shelter model is designed to help people experiencing homelessness take their first step towards permanent stable housing. Services at the site would be geared to help people move into permanent supportive housing. An outdoor operator managed shelter is a new model for Sonoma County, and it has demonstrated positive results in other regions.
This temporary shelter will operate until the longer-term indoor-outdoor shelters are created, but no later than April 30, 2020 – whichever comes first. The temporary shelter is an interim solution before the County establishes up to two longer-term indoor-outdoor shelters that will be operated for an additional nine months as a pilot program. When the pilot site or sites are identified, the temporary shelter site will close and residents will relocate.
The County will continue to provide updated information as this process unfolds, and will reach out to businesses near any site that is selected and work to address concerns.