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Governance Charter Policy Review Committee

Governance Charter Policy Review Committee

This group is responsible for making recommendations to the Homeless Coalition Board for any revisions or updates to the  Sonoma County Homeless Coalition Governance Charter, bylaws, and policies. The Charter describes and establishes the structure of the Sonoma County Homeless Coalition, in order to comply with CFR § 578, the Continuum of Care Program Interim Rule.  The charter and bylaws provides an organizational structure that will govern operations of the Continuum of Care, whose responsibilities include reviewing and submitting annual collaborative applications for federal Continuum of Care funding. In addition, this group is responsible for reviewing and revising policy related documents for the Sonoma County Homeless Coalition.

Governance Charter & Policy Review Committee Members 2021:

  1. Don Schwartz (Chair), City of Rohnert Park:
  2. Ben Leroi, Santa Rosa Community Health:
  3. Gerry La Londe-Berg, SHARE/Homeless Action!:
  4. Jennielynn Holmes, Catholic Charities:
  5. Patrick O’Loughlin, Sonoma Applied Village Services (SAVS):
  6. Kelli Kuykendall, City of Santa Rosa:
  7. Asya Sorokurs, Legal Aid of Sonoma County:
  8. Tom Schwedhelm, City of Santa Rosa:
  9. Margaret Sluyk, Reach for Home:

Sonoma County Homeless Coalition Governance Charter December 29, 2021 (PDF: 558 kB)

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In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you require special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Sonoma County Department of Health Services at (707) 565-1302 (voice) or (707) 565-7555 (TDD). Translators and American Sign Language interpreters for individuals with hearing disabilities will be available upon request. A minimum of 48 hours is needed to ensure the availability of translation services.

Meeting Materials

In accordance with Government Code §54957.5, any materials of public record relating to an agenda item that are provided to a majority of the members less than 72 hours before the meeting will be made available upon request at the Sonoma County Department Of Health Services, 1450 Neotomas Ave. Suite 200, Santa Rosa during normal business hours and will be posted online 72 hours prior to each meeting.

Materials of public record that are distributed during the meeting shall be made available for public inspection at the meeting if prepared by the lead agency or a member of the legislative/advisory body, or within two business days after the meeting if prepared by some other person.

Public Comment

Public Comment may be made prior to the meeting via email. To submit an emailed public comment to the Sonoma County Homeless Coalition Board or the Sonoma County Homeless Coalition Committees, email Please label the written notice as public comment referencing the Sonoma County Homeless Coalition Board or the Sonoma County Homeless Coalition Committee, provide your name, the agenda number(s) on which you wish to speak, and your comment. These comments will be emailed to the referenced Sonoma County Homeless Coalition Board or Committees detailed in the request.

Public comment may also take place during the meeting and can be made live by joining the Zoom meeting. Available time for comments is determined by the Board/Committee Chair based on agenda scheduling demands and total number of speakers.