For Immediate Release
Sonoma County Supervisors award $3 million for homelessness solutions
SANTA ROSA, CA | June 12, 2023
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today approved $3 million in additional funds for housing-focused homelessness intervention projects as part of the county’s overall goal of reducing the homeless population by 10 percent every year.
The funding comes from Measure O, the quarter-cent sales tax measure voters approved in 2020 to fund mental health and homelessness services. The allocations will go to six local nonprofits as well as the cities of Rohnert Park, Petaluma and Sonoma.
“Measure O continues to be a vital funding source for a wide range of mental health services, including investments in partner organizations focused on ending homelessness,” said Supervisor Chris Coursey, chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. “Solving the homelessness crisis is a top priority of this board, and these funds will go a long way toward meeting that goal.”
Twelve projects applied for the funding. Staff from the county homelessness services division and health policy, planning and equity units within the Department of Health Services reviewed and scored the applications.
Projects approved for funding include the SAVS Horizon Shine safe parking site in Sebastopol for people sheltering in RVs, SHARE Sonoma County’s shared housing project for seniors countywide, and Rohnert Park’s safe sleeping site for homeless individuals.
The agencies approved for funding are:
- COTS, $303,379
- SAVS, $723,441
- City of Sonoma, $134,000
- City of Rohnert Park, $384,000
- Reach for Home, $96,094
- City of Petaluma, $320,000
- PEP Housing, $202,760
- SHARE Sonoma County, $476,091
- West County Community Services, $360,235