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For Immediate Release

Sonoma County’s Continuum of Care seeks public input on draft Homelessness Strategic Plan

SANTA ROSA, CA | October 21, 2022

Sonoma County’s Continuum of Care Board and its Strategic Planning Committee invites the public to provide input on a draft 2022 Homeless Strategic Plan and to learn more about the plan during a series of upcoming meetings. The Continuum of Care is a federally directed homelessness coordination system that works to ensure a regional homelessness system of care is coordinated and effective.

The Continuum of Care’s committee process and governing board will have three upcoming opportunities for the public to learn, ask questions, and provide input on the draft of a five-year Homelessness Strategic Plan. The draft plan addresses and provides specific action steps to reduce homelessness throughout the region.

The draft of the strategic plan focuses on creating comprehensive housing interventions, from prevention to permanent housing. This a pivotal step in not only increasing the housing stock but also providing resources to keep those in danger of being homeless, housed. It will also focus on bolstering the supportive service's capacity to meet the complex and diverse needs of people experiencing homelessness in the Sonoma County region.

Following the issuance of a request for proposals, the Continuum of Care contracted with the consultant firm Homebase to complete a region-wide homeless strategic plan. Homebase has been working collaboratively with the CoC Board, its committees, stakeholders, and others since December 2021.

Public input and feedback will assist in identifying the highest homeless priorities in the county and refining action items required to achieve the goals.

The virtual meetings are part of the CoC’s regular committee and board meetings and will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 26, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The draft strategic plan, agenda and zoom links for all meetings can be found on SonomaCounty.ca.gov.

For more information on Sonoma County’s homelessness response and services visit SonomaCounty.ca.gov.

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Contact Information: 
Gilbert Martinez, Communication Specialist
publicaffairs@sonoma-county.org
575 Administration Drive, Suite 104A Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 565-3040

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