Los Guilicos Village

Ongoing Actions to Respond to Homelessness

The Board of Supervisors have a multi-part approach to address the homelessness throughout the County. This page summarizes the Board’s actions to date.

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Actions to Date

Shared Housing
  • On January 14, 2020, the Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of two properties for Shared Homes.
Master Leasing
Multi-site Indoor-Outdoor Shelters
Temporary Shelter Site
  •  On January 14, 2020, the Board of Supervisors selected Los Guillicos, 171 Pythian Road, for a temporary shelter site.
  • On January 26, 2020 the first occupants moved off the trail and into the temporary shelter. Sixty people are expected to move into the shelter by the end of the month. 
  • This temporary shelter site will operate until the longer-term indoor-outdoor shelters are created, but no later than April 30, 2020 – whichever comes first.

Actions in Progress Include:

Permanent Supportive Housing

Housing is healthcare: when individuals receive supportive housing, they are much more likely to maintain housing and less likely to fall back into homelessness. They are also more likely to have better health.

  • Statistics show that 95% of individuals remain housed after one year when they receive permanent supportive housing.   

Our ultimate goal is to get the individuals on the trail into permanent housing while providing support services, including: medical, behavioral, and social services—such as food assistance, cash assistance, and applications for social security disability benefits. 

Master Leasing

A service provider (non-profit) may lease an entire rental property, and then sublease it to people who are living on the trail. The County will establish the program and subsidize leases. A request for qualifications (RFQ) for Master Leasing and Site-Based Services for Permanent Supportive Housing was released on January 8, 2020.

Temporary Shelter Site

The Board of Supervisors selected Los Guilicos, 171 Pythian Road, for a temporary shelter site. This site has 60 temporary 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.

Indoor-Outdoor Shelters

The indoor-outdoor sites may include a combination of on-site structures, RV hook-ups, and safe parking. 

A stakeholder engagement meeting for specific design elements of the indoor-outdoor shelters sites was held on Friday, January 3, 2020. The County is currently in the process of identifying potential locations for these sites based on Board approve criteria. Read more about Indoor-Outdoor Shelters

Notifying Neighbors

Neighbors will be notified about shelters and permanent supportive housing in their area before individuals move into them.

Contact Information

575 Administration Drive
Suite 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464665, -122.725235

Responding to Homelessness

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The County has a strong commitment to provide a path to permanent stable housing for all people experiencing homelessness. The Sonoma County Community Development Commission is the lead agency charged with preventing and ending homelessness.