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
- 2018 Homeless System of Care Redesign White Paper (PDF: 428 kB)
- 2017 Homeless Policy Workshop (PDF: 1.8 MB)
- 2015 Housing Toolbox (PDF: 2.65 MB)
- 2014 Sonoma County's 10-Year Homeless Action Plan (PDF: 12.5 MB)
Sonoma County saw 22 percent decrease in homelessness, annual Point-in-Time count shows
Sonoma County saw an overall 22 percent decrease in the area’s homeless population last year including a 24 percent decline in those identified as being chronically homeless, according to preliminary results of the 2023 Sonoma County Point-in-Time count in January.
FY 2023 CoC Renewal Evaluations: Rating & Ranking Process for the Continuum of Care Competition
Notice: Fiscal Year 2023-2024 Sonoma County Continuum of Care Consolidated Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)- Now Available! Due April 3, 2023
Board of Supervisors endorses region wide strategic plan to address homelessness
Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) Data Committee Meeting