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Home Sonoma County is Sonoma County's homeless services system of care. The countywide effort is governed by a nine-member Leadership Council responsible for allocating funds to local homeless services programs. The Council consists of local elected officials and individuals with lived homeless experience and is advised by Task Groups comprising its 25-member Technical Advisory Committee. The Community Development Commission is currently serving as the Lead Agency of Home Sonoma County.

The Goal of Home Sonoma County is to achieve Functional Zero homelessness in Sonoma County using a Housing First model.

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Background

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 created as a result of this meeting in order to develop guidance and recommendations for a new homeless leadership group, which was formed in November 2018. 

The original Ad Hoc Members were:

  • 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)

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 included:

  • 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.

Background Documents

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Contact Information

Jenny Abramson

Homeless Services Manager

Sonoma County Community Development Commission

Contact us by Phone
Address
Sonoma County Community Development Commission

1440 Guerneville Road

Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.457092, -122.733925

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