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Community Development Commission

For Immediate Release

County of Sonoma to host Town Hall meeting regarding Elderberry Commons transition plan

SANTA ROSA, CA | April 13, 2023

The County of Sonoma will be hosting a town hall meeting on Monday, May 1 at 6 p.m. to respond to community questions about the transition plan for the Elderberry Commons, formerly known as the Sebastopol Inn. The public will be invited to ask questions during the Zoom-based forum, which will be streamed live on the county’s Facebook page and on YouTube in Spanish.

The meeting will be hosted by Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, who represents the 5th District including the Sebastopol area. County staff, including Dave Kiff, Division Director of the Homelessness Services within Sonoma County’s Department of Health Services, will be available to provide an update on the transition plan and answer questions. Representatives of the City of Sebastopol will also be on hand to help answer questions.

To register for the webinar, click here. The public will be invited to pose questions either in person or by posting them in the Q&A box on Zoom. Viewers also are welcome to leave questions in the comments area of Facebook or YouTube or send questions in advance to and these will be directed to the panelists.

Elderberry Commons is transitioning to a permanent supportive housing complex, which requires converting 28 individual shelter units plus two rooms used by staff. All 28 shelter units need to be vacated while rooms are converted to permanent supportive housing and they will reopen when construction is complete. This conversion was anticipated and required as a condition of the grant funding award through Project Homekey, a program by the state of California that provides local government agencies with funds to purchase and rehabilitate housing.

For more information, including frequently asked questions regarding the emergency shelter site, visit the county’s Project Homekey webpage.

Media Contact: 
Paul Gullixson, Communications Manager 
575 Administration Dr., Suite 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 565-1964