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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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2019-04-29Apr 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.

2019-03-04Mar 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.

2019-02-24Feb 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.

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.

2019-04-29Apr 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.    

2019-01-15Jan 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. 

2019-04-24Apr 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

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