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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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2019-07-17Jul 17, 2019

Defensible Space is space that can be defended. It’s as simple as that. If you prepare your home and neighborhood so that it doesn’t burst into flames and spread rapidly from home to home, it can be defended. Take a look around...

2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019

As part of an effort to prioritize accessory dwelling units, a Sonoma County contractor is offering homeowners hundreds of dollars to participate in a video and other communication materials it is creating for the county.

2019-04-29Apr 29, 2019

The County of Sonoma is proposing changes to the Z (Accessory Dwelling Unit Exclusion) Combining District. PRMD File No. ZPE18-0001. The Sonoma County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to review the proposed amendments and make its recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.    

2019-04-24Apr 24, 2019

Sonoma County is at a crossroads right now with new and ongoing challenges such as climate change and extreme weather, housing needs, and transportation. The upcoming General Plan update are intended to provide a vision and path forward and to provide certainty for residents and voters in the long-term.

2019-04-23Apr 23, 2019

As the forces fueling gentrification in the Bay Area continue to spread into the North Bay, some of the tactics of renters’ resistance are moving northward as well. The recently formed Sonoma County Tenants Union will seek to organize and educate renters in the county.

2019-04-23Apr 23, 2019

A group of officials split up millions of dollars in state funding at an April meeting, ultimately agreeing to cut funding to some large projects in order to fund additional smaller projects proposed by a local activist group. 

2019-03-30Mar 30, 2019

For this year's Innovation in Affordable Housing competition, multidisciplinary teams of graduate students in architecture, planning and policy, finance, and other areas are designing a new mixed-use development for low- and moderate-income residents situated along the San Antonio Riverwalk. Four teams will present their projects on April 17 at HUD Headquarters in Washington DC.

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. 

2019-03-12Mar 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.

2019-03-05Mar 5, 2019
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.

2019-07-14Jul 14, 2019

The Housing Authority recently evaluated their current system of 20 years and discovered that they were not meeting the needs of the community. After removing 10,000 unqualified people from the waiting list, 26,000 applicants remained. It would take 90 years to serve these people. Therefore, HUD has taken steps to eliminate the current system of a waiting list and a first come, first serve policy and replace it with a lottery system. The winners who are homeless, disabled, Vets, wives of Vets, seniors and households with children will be given preference and move to the front of the winning list.

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.

2019-07-13Jul 13, 2019

In mid-June, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors took action to meet State mandated septic system regulations that protect water quality and public health. “Our Local Agency Management Program balances state regulations with local septic policy,” said Board Chair David Rabbitt. “In some areas we are providing more flexibility to homeowners. For example, the new policy no longer requires septic system review for certain building improvements to existing structures.”

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

As Santa Rosa continues renewed efforts to develop more housing downtown, several proposed developments near the city center are moving through the city’s approval process. City officials hope to attract denser housing developments downtown, an area roughly within a half-mile radius of public transit options including the SMART station and bus lines.

2019-06-27Jun 27, 2019

Despite widespread concerns about the ongoing effects of the 2017 fires, the 2019 Point-in-Time Homeless Count shows that the number of people experiencing homelessness in Sonoma County has declined by 2% during the past year - from 2,996 in 2018 to 2,951 in 2019.

2019-06-25Jun 25, 2019

The Sonoma County Housing Authority will accept applications for its new Housing Choice Voucher lottery waiting list from July 1-31, 2019. Due to a recent change in the system, previous voucher applicants must reapply in July to be awarded a voucher.

2019-06-05Jun 5, 2019

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a plan Tuesday to allocate staff hours over the next two years to complete planning efforts including finalizing the county's cannabis zoning rules, updating an existing tree protection ordinance, and beginning the latest version of county's long-range planning document, the General Plan.

2019-05-28May 28, 2019

In early May, the Sonoma County Planning Commission narrowly passed a policy allowing property owners to build second homes on nearly 2,000 agricultural parcels in the unincorporated county. The change was brought to the commission as part of the county’s effort to speed housing production in hopes of reducing home prices, but critics say the new homes will increase traffic and won't serve low income families.

2019-05-20May 20, 2019

Sonoma County activists and students gathered at a May 15 meeting to discuss local approaches to support the Green New Deal, a proposal to tackle economic inequality and combat climate change at the same time.

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