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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|2020-01-24Jan 24, 2020
The Sonoma County Tenants Union was created to directly address the housing disaster in our County. This a response to the “housing crisis.” The Union believes the collective organizing power of a Tenants Union is the best solution towards challenging the power of influence that the real estate industry has on local government. Working to shift housing policy in favor of strong renter protections. The most impacted and vulnerable community members are focussed on and organizing to fight for housing justice in Sonoma County is the goal. The first Sonoma County Tenants Union’s General Meeting and Renters Assembly is happening tomorrow,January 25th at La Plaza-Lincoln Elementary School: 850 W. 9th St. Santa Rosa, Ca. 95401 from 10am-2pm
|2020-01-10Jan 10, 2020
Sonoma County is planning to move occupants of the Joe Rodota Trail (trail) to permanent supportive housing and sheltering in other locations in the County by January 31, 2020. The county is working to establish hardened shelter units, which are secure and private, with locking windows and doors. They've already ordered 30 pallet shelters.
|2020-01-02Jan 2, 2020
To address The Homeless encampments on the Joe Rodota Trail, our county supervisors held an emergency meeting and set up a plan to create shelter for people on the Joe Rodota Trail. There will be a meeting on January 3rd at the Veteran’s Building in Santa Rosa to get community input for specific design elements of the indoor-outdoor shelter sites from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is only ONE camp among many throughout the county, it is highly visible, andit impedes people from using the trail as a transportation corridor. Community input has to be part of the solution because the community, all taxpayers, are paying for these solutions.
|2019-12-23Dec 23, 2019
Changes in State law related to accessory dwelling units (ADUs) will take effect January 1, 2020. These regulatory updates will remove minimum lot size requirements and reduce setback requirements, and private covenants (CC&Rs) may no longer prohibit ADUs on lots zoned for single family dwellings. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are backyard cottages up to 1,200 square feet.
|2019-09-27Sep 27, 2019
The City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma continue to encourage residents living in and around the areas burned by the Sonoma Complex Fires to prepare their property for the rainy season and remain alert for possible threats from intense winter storms. Properties in the areas burned, and downstream of those areas, still have an elevated risk for flash floods, rock falls, debris flows, and mud flows. The areas affected by the Nuns, Tubbs, and Pocket Fires did not experience any significant debris or mudflows over the last two winters. The areas affected by the Nuns, Tubbs, and Pocket Fires did not experience any significant debris or mudflows over the last two winters. While these areas have seen substantial improvement in soil and plant growth conditions, the threat of natural hazards from winter storms still exist.
|2019-09-26Sep 26, 2019
On Tuesday, September 17, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors removed zoning restrictions that prohibit the ability to apply to construct an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADUs) on over 1,900 agricultural properties. This action will eliminate unnecessary regulatory constraints on a recognized form of affordable housing, while continuing to protect and support the county’s agricultural and environmental resources.
|2019-08-29Aug 29, 2019
There’s a lot of publicity about the lack of affordable housing both nationwide and locally and Sonoma County is doing something about it. SHARE (Shared Housing and Resource Exchange) Sonoma County offers a timely alternative throughout Sonoma County and the Sonoma Valley. A “Provider” has a room or rooms in his/her home and might need a bit of extra income or some sort of service exchange in order to remain home safely to age-in-place. The “Provider” is carefully and thoughtfully matched with a “Seeker,” someone in need of housing, who is screened and thoroughly background checked with proven financial sustainability should rent be exchanged.
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