Sonoma County Community Development Commission Homeless Services

Frequently Asked Questions About Public Services

What funding does the Community Development Commission have available for public service activities?

The Community Development Commission uses a portion of its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding to assist public service activities. In addition, the Community Development Commission administers Community Services Funding and Rapid Re-Housing and Homeless Prevention activities with Low and Moderate Income Housing Asset Fund (LMIHAF) services dollars. For more information, see the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding to assist public service activities.

What activities are eligible for public service funding?

CDBG funding can be used to assist a wide variety of public service activities, including operation of homeless shelters, substance abuse treatment, fair housing, childcare, youth and senior programs, adult basic education, literacy training, and more. FESG funding can be used for supportive services for homeless people and for homeless prevention assistance.

What are the most common public service activities that the Community Development Commission funds?

  • Operation of homeless shelters
  • Supportive services for homeless people
  • Homelessness prevention
  • Fair housing information
  • Family self-sufficiency programs
  • Rapid Re-Housing

Who decides what agency will get funded and how much they will get?

The Community Development Committee, the Commission’s advisory body appointed by the Board of Supervisors, thoroughly reviews each grant application and makes recommendations to the Board, which ultimately makes the final funding decisions.

How much Community Development Commission funding goes into public services each year?

HUD regulations allow the Commission to use no more than 15% of its CDBG funding, and 92.5% of its ESG funding, for public service activities. An average of $250,000 in CDBG funding and $145,000 in ESG funding is available for public service activities each year. In addition, $610,000 in Community Services funding and $250,000 in LMIHAF-Services funding is available, for a total of approximately $1.2 million in public services funding annually.

Who do the public services funded by the Community Development Commission benefit?

At least 51% of all people serve by CDBG funds must be low-income ( 80% of median area income). ESG-funded activities must serve homeless people or people at risk of homelessness.

Contact Information

Michael Gause

Ending Homelessness Program Manager

Sonoma County Community Development Commission

Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Contact us by Phone
1440 Guerneville Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.456899, -122.733918