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Homelessness is a humanitarian crisis that impacts all of our communities in Sonoma County. Ending homelessness requires a countywide, shared responsibility in planning and developing solutions. The Sonoma County Continuum of Care is the region-wide body responsible for setting the vision and strategic planning towards ending homelessness in Sonoma County. The goal of the Sonoma County Continuum of Care is to achieve “functional zero” homelessness in Sonoma County through a Housing First strategy. Through the Sonoma County Continuum of Care, persons experiencing homelessness will be connected to permanent housing as quickly as possible using a Coordinated Entry System, Rapid Re-Housing, and Permanent Supportive Housing as key strategies to end individual housing crises.
As both a funding agency and convener of planning efforts, the Sonoma County Department of Health Services acts as the Lead Agency for the Sonoma County Continuum of Care. In partnership with service agencies, advocates, and the community, our goal is to make homelessness increasingly rare and brief.
Research and Reports
September 12, 2023
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today voted to replace the Emergency Shelter Site at the County campus with housing systems that are longer-term. The discussion came as the Supervisors received a report that showed the number of homeless individuals in Sonoma County decreased by 22 percent from last year.