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Joint County of Sonoma and
City of Santa Rosa
Homeless System of Care Redesign
Ad Hoc Committee

On November 7th, 2017, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and the City of Santa Rosa City Council held a joint meeting to discuss the local system of care for homeless individuals and families in Sonoma County. 

During this meeting, they reviewed the recommendations from a report commissioned by the Sonoma County Community Development Commission (CDC) assessing the current state of the homeless systems of care. The report found that Sonoma’s current systems of care were highly fragmented and recommended that the county redesign the system starting with the implementation of a new collective impact decision-making group that can own the issue of homeless in the community.

The Homeless System of Care Redesign Ad-Hoc Committee was formed as a result of this meeting in order to develop guidance and recommendations for this new homeless leadership group. The committee is anticipated to convene their work in Spring 2018. 


Santa Rosa City Mayor Chris Coursey, Committee Co-Chair

Santa Rosa City Councilmember Julie Combs 

Santa Rosa City Councilmember Tom Schwedhelm

County of Sonoma Supervisor Lynda Hopkins (5th District), Co-Chair

County of Sonoma Supervisor Susan Gorin (1st District)

Committee Scope of Work

The scope of work for the Ad Hoc Committee is to provide guidance from the City and County for development of the new leadership body. This includes:

  • Determining the ultimate goal(s) of a single new homeless services leadership body;
  • Developing guiding values and principles for the leadership body;
  • Agreeing on the leadership body’s overarching roles and responsibilities;
  • Determining individual member roles and responsibilities;
  • Recommending a new leadership body composition;
  • Considering and recommending any additional streamlining or consolidation of lead agency activities to be undertaken. 

Homeless System of Care Redesign
Ad Hoc Committee Documents

Ad Hoc Agenda January 4, 2018
(PDF: 88kB)

Ad Hoc Agenda December 7, 2017
(PDF: 64kB)

City Council and Board of Supervisors Homeless System of Care Redesign November 7, 2017
(PDF: 496kB)

Santa Rosa City Council Homeless System Study Session September 26, 2017
(PDF: 691kB)

Homeless Policy Workshop August 22, 2017
(PDF: 1,288kB)

Reference Documents

Homeless System of Care Redesign Whitepaper

2018 Homeless Census and Survey Report
(PDF: 3,221 KB)

2018 Homeless Census Executive Summary
(PDF: 406 KB)

TAC Application Period Open

The TAC will be comprised of community experts who can make the Sonoma County Homeless System of Care’s vision a reality and will play a critical part in advising the Leadership Council.  The TAC’s 25 voting members will each serve on at least one of six standing and ad hoc Task Groups.  TAC voting members should be high level decision makers from the relevant organizations outlined in the Background Brief and Application (attached here).  Additionally upon formation, the TAC will select four (4) members to serve on the nine-member Leadership Council.

To apply for membership on the TAC, please download the application here.

Applications are due by October 19th via email to Michael Gause at or in person at 1440 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa 95403.

Contact Information

Jenny Abramson

Homeless & Community Services Manager

Sonoma County Community Development Commission

Contact us by Phone
1440 Guerneville Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.456899, -122.733918