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Workforce Housing Survey

Published:  September 6, 2018


Housing for the County's workforce is vital to the economic success of Sonoma County to ensure that local teachers, health care workers, police officers, firefighters, hospitality workers, construction workers, and many other essential employment sectors have affordable housing near transit, shopping, and jobs.

The North Bay along with the rest of the San Francisco/Silicon Valley Bay Area is experiencing a housing affordability crisis that is negatively impacting families and their employers. The catastrophic fires of 2017 exacerbated this situation by destroying thousands of homes. While some of the initial immediate post disaster relief work has been completed, rebuilding the community will be a longer road ahead, and it will require a great deal of research and planning. In particular, as the region rebuilds and builds the housing necessary for our next generation of people and their families, we need to be sure that we're responding to their changing needs and preferences. 


Please help this effort by responding (anonymously) to this survey and letting us know more about what your current needs are and what you would prefer to see in the future.

Northbay Workforce Housing Needs Survey – English

Northbay Workforce Housing Needs Survey – Spanish

This survey will be used to inform public and private sector decision-makers. It was developed by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute and is being distributed in partnership with the Rebuild North Bay Foundation and the North Bay Leadership Council.

Housing Initiatives

Read about Permit Sonoma's proposed housing initiatives, including a new Workforce Housing Combining Zone to encourage higher density development within Urban Service Areas near jobs and transit.

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2550 Ventura Avenue
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Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465074, -122.723705

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