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Affordable Housing is a hot topic just about everywhere - Homelessness for those who don't have shelter, and real estate from land use policy to Plan Bay Area 2040...where to plant our feet to call HOME is on our minds.

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2019-03-19Mar 19, 2019

The supervisors voted to fund an effort to find shelter for flood victims, discussed an upcoming deadline for trailers housing fire victims, approved a housing funding plan and separated the county's emergency planning and response department from its parent agency. 

2019-02-04Feb 4, 2019

In her February newsletter, Supervisor Lynda Hopkins reflects on the county's economic future, a new water quality rule and CalTrans' plans for Highway 1 among other news.

2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors pushed back a decision on some parts of a plan to consolidate fire services in the county and discussed the county's political priorities in Washington DC and Sacramento with some county consultants at a January 29 meeting.

2019-02-01Feb 1, 2019

Homelessness is one of Sonoma County’s most intractable problems. Despite the efforts of local activists, nonprofits, and government agencies, the number of people living on the streets, in vehicles, and in improvised shelters remains largely unchanged from year to year.

2019-01-17Jan 17, 2019

The Sonoma County Housing Authority will continue to provide much-needed rental assistance through its programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), despite the federal government continuing its longest shutdown in U.S. history. The Housing Authority has guaranteed rental assistance payments through March 2019.

2019-01-15Jan 15, 2019

In the early hours of Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, more than 150 volunteers will join Community Development Commission staff and paid, homeless guides to conduct a “street count” of people living outside, in all census tracts of the County.

2019-01-08Jan 8, 2019

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors swore in newly-elected and reelected officials, altered two contracts with consultants and updated rules around temporary rentals on agricultural lands at the board's first meeting of the year.

2019-01-07Jan 7, 2019

The thousands of homeless people living in our county deserve better living conditions. And Sonoma County could offer more shelter quickly if it funded two fast, cheap housing solutions: safe parking and sanctioned campsites.

2018-12-22Dec 22, 2018

Without legislative changes, Sonoma County will continue to become increasingly unaffordable, as middle class jobs disappear and new wealth continues to move upwards, according to a new report from a local labor organization.

2018-12-14Dec 14, 2018

Fourteen brand new “Tiny Houses” at the Veterans Village on the Sonoma County Campus will soon become home to 14 homeless Sonoma County veterans.

2018-12-06Dec 6, 2018

The Sonoma County District Attorney says she will "continue to vigorously enforce the state anti-price gouging law." The Santa Rosa City Attorney will continue to prosecute violators under a city ordinance protecting renters. 

2019-03-12Mar 12, 2019

At a meeting Tuesday, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved emergency funding for the county’s flood response, announced a new leader of the Sheriff’s oversight agency and moved forward two housing developments.

2018-12-04Dec 4, 2018

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors discussed the future of a Sheriff Office oversight body, approved an extension of a contract with an emergency preparedness consultant and listened to a policy update from Assemblymember Jim Wood at its Tuesday, Dec. 4 meeting.

2018-12-01Dec 1, 2018

In the last several months, advocates' fervent pleas for city and county officials to act quickly to protect unsheltered people from the winter cold and rains have been ignored. At the same time, a series of findings by several independent bodies have shown clearly that the city and county's homeless policies are not only inadequate but worsening the situation. 

2018-12-01Dec 1, 2018

A proposal to build a cannabis grow and processing facility near the West County Trail in Graton has raised questions about the county's land use laws for the fledgling industry. At its December 11 meeting, the Board of Supervisors are expected to decide if the West County Trail and the Joe Rodota Trail should be included in the setback requirement and if the Graton applicant must place its cannabis plants and structures at least 1,000 feet from the trail.

2018-11-26Nov 26, 2018

At a December 8 event, Homes for Sonoma will unveil a modular home built in an effort to provide a low-cost housing option for people displaced by the 2017 fires. The group aims to produce elegantly designed modular house communities located on private property leased and managed by a housing agency.

2018-11-20Nov 20, 2018

Two weeks before the expiration of an executive order meant to prevent price gouging in the wake of the 2017 North Bay wildfires, Sonoma County's top disaster recovery official says the county is ready to pass a local extension if the governor doesn't extend the state protection first.

2018-11-16Nov 16, 2018

At an event on Monday, a coalition of labor, environmental, housing and faith groups will unveil a report about working conditions in Sonoma County and the group's priorities moving forward.

2018-11-14Nov 14, 2018

Two State Senators who chair the key Senate committees focused on housing and housing financing legislation have partnered to host two legislative hearings this fall on the affordable housing crisis. The second of the two hearings this Friday in Los Angeles. 

2018-11-13Nov 13, 2018

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved two contracts for winter homeless shelters and discussed updates to the county's tax structure for temporary rental properties in the county.

2018-11-13Nov 13, 2018

A week after Santa Rosa's affordable housing bond failed to find support at the ballot box, CASA, a regional housing group, released a draft of proposed policies to alleviate the Bay Area's housing crisis.  

2018-11-02Nov 2, 2018

Save Our Sonoma Neighborhoods has been heavily involved with the Board of Supervisors, Code Enforcement, its Cannabis Program team, and its Planning Commission to create policy, raise awareness of real evidence of the negative impact to both neighborhoods and the environment and to shape meaningful policy considerations to improve the County’s cannabis ordinance.

2019-03-05Mar 5, 2019
2018-11-01Nov 1, 2018

As people begin to live longer, financial planning will become even more important. Many customers have told me that these home loans just aren’t right for them, but the reality is that they can be a major financial windfall for seniors in multiple situations.

2018-11-01Nov 1, 2018

The residents of Healdsburg have a vision for the future of their City. I believe I know what that vision is, after knocking on over 1,500 doors and speaking with hundreds of my neighbors. They see a City where residents and tourists co-exist, where housing is at least obtainable, where children fill our schools and the fabric of

2018-11-01Nov 1, 2018

Faced with an ongoing homeless crisis, Sonoma County activists are pushing local governments to consider a wide range of options to house people without shelter. On Saturday, Nov. 3, Homeless Action will welcome two speakers to share their experiences finding innovative housing solutions for those in need. 

2018-10-26Oct 26, 2018

On the fourth Thursday in November, American’s traditionally celebrate Thanksgiving. In light of all that has happened over the past year and remembering last Thanksgiving when we all sat around the table giving thanks that we did not lose our home during the fires while comforting those that did, I am thankful to be alive and have my health.

2018-10-24Oct 24, 2018

Through the No Place Like Home program and the Homeless Emergency Aid Program, counties on the North Coast are eligible to receive tens of millions in funding over the next year to implement solutions to the homeless crisis (immediate needs and long term) in their communities.

2018-10-23Oct 23, 2018

At its October 23 meeting, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors heard a presentation from a regional housing planning group and amended the county’s planning code to allow a range of housing options between single family homes and traditional apartment buildings.

2018-10-22Oct 22, 2018

A group of Sonoma County residents has filed a lawsuit to shut down an illegal pot grow and cannabis tourism operation in the Purvine Road neighborhood. The suit alleges that the unlicensed grower is transforming a peaceful stretch of the Petaluma Dairy Belt into an unlawful cannabis event venue, corporate retreat and cannabis tourism destination.

2018-10-16Oct 16, 2018

Our local government, if it wants to show it’s working for people, it needs to start with making a real impact on our most dire social issue and that is housing by taking it out of the hands of commercial developers, landlords, and real estate investors and making it affordable to everyone.

2018-10-09Oct 9, 2018

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted to reshape the county's homeless support system in an effort to qualify for state funding and approved a plan to attempt to sell an 82-acre property county-owned property at the board's October 9 meeting.

2018-10-09Oct 9, 2018

The past year has been one of the most taxing that we’ve faced together. The October fires took 24 lives from us. It burned more than 173 square miles and rendered almost 7,000 homes and businesses into ash. It was a disaster in every sense. Last October, I was devastated by the losses of my friends, family and neighbors throughout Sonoma County.

 

2019-03-04Mar 4, 2019

When we think of new housing development, we need to think outside the twentieth-century box and look for 21st Century solutions, even if these solutions mean going back to simpler ways of living.

2018-10-08Oct 8, 2018

The past year has been one of the most taxing that we’ve faced together. The October fires took 24 lives from us. It burned more than 173 square miles and rendered almost 7,000 homes and businesses into ash. It was a disaster in every sense. Last October, I was devastated by the losses of my friends, family and neighbors throughout Sonoma County.

2018-10-08Oct 8, 2018

On the one-year anniversary of the Tubbs Fire, fire survivors from the Larkfield area, located north of Santa Rosa in unincorporated Sonoma County, have joined together to announce the creation of the Larkfield Resilience Fund(LRF).  The LRF is a 501 c(3) non-profit formed with a seven-member board of directors made up of fire survivors from Larkfield with a mission to generate funding to help rebuild resilient neighborhoods. 

2018-10-03Oct 3, 2018

The fire isn’t over though. Far from it. Santa Rosa is no longer like a war zone with hugs, but there is a long way to go. Fire survivors are all different, but one unifying characteristic is that none of us is past the fire.

2018-10-01Oct 1, 2018

Sonoma County DRAFT Fire Recovery and Resiliency Plan - PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE: October 26, 2018. As we continue to recover and rebuild a year after the North Bay fires of October 2017, the DRAFT Recovery and Resiliency Framework just released by the Sonoma County Office of Recovery and Resiliency offers a pathway for starting to look forward.

2019-02-24Feb 24, 2019

Catholic Charities' Jennielynn Holmes discusses staying motivated as a social worker, misperceptions about people experiencing homelessness, and the nonprofit's relationship to the Catholic Church.

2019-02-22Feb 22, 2019

On Thursday, February 21, the Santa Rosa City Council wrangled over the city’s priorities for the coming year in a conference room at the Flamingo Hotel. The process offers citizens a view of the city’s management process and the sometimes-messy business of governing the city. 

2019-02-21Feb 21, 2019

The Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) is hosting a series of community meetings in early March, to discuss a proposed fee to provide short-term funding for the new agency. Attendees will also learn about a proposed groundwater user registration program.

2019-02-20Feb 20, 2019

At a workshop for developers and city housing officials, the commission in charge of the county’s affordable housing funding lay out their priorities for choosing projects to receive approximately $2 million in federal affordable housing funding during the next fiscal year.

2019-02-07Feb 7, 2019

A new report confirms that rising housing prices in the Bay Area have caused disproportionate harm to low-income households of color, displacing them at higher rates and pushing them into new areas of poverty and racial segregation.

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