Homelessness is an all-consuming crisis for those experiencing it and a societal emergency for communities battling it. Currently in Sonoma County there are approximately 3,000 individuals experiencing homelessness, including approximately 210 occupants on the Joe Rodota Trail (JRT). Since 2011, the number of individuals experiencing homelessness in Sonoma County has been reduced by 1,500. While Sonoma County has made progress, including over the last three years successfully housing more than 3,000 individuals, the homeless situation on the JRT presents a public health and safety crisis requiring immediate action.
On December 17, 2019 the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors/Board of Commissioners approved a resolution declaring a Homeless Emergency on the Joe Rodota Trail due to the threat to health and safety of those experiencing homelessness and to the natural environment, public health, and well-being of the community.
On December 23, 2019, the Board directed the Department of Health Services and Community Development Commission authorized a suite of services for individuals on the Joe Rodota Trail, including resources for master leased units for permanent supportive housing.
In response to the Homeless Emergency and the Board’s direction, the Community Development Commission (CDC) and Department of Health Services (DHS) are soliciting responses from nonprofit homeless service providers (hereinafter referred to as Provider) interested in providing master leased housing opportunities. This includes core case management services, supports, landlord interface, and housing navigation for homeless individuals, families and groups and their pets. A summary of work is contained in the Statement of Requirements section of this Request for Qualifications (RFQ). Interested and qualified firms/organizations, including minority; disadvantaged; women and disabled veteran owned small businesses; are invited to submit a statement of qualifications.