Jan 22, 2020
by Lynda Hopkins, 5th District Supervisor - Sonoma County
The challenges facing us with homelessness along the Joe Rodota Trail and throughout the County are bringing engaged citizens and government leaders together to address the hard questions. More than 300 people attended our Joe Rodota Trail Town Hall where we heard from frustrated homeowners, trail occupants, and service providers. The Board of Supervisor meetings have been packed with constituents with suggestions, challenges, and input. The County has set up a hotline for input on the Joe Rodota Trail: 707-565-3856. While it has been heartbreaking to hear the stories of homeowners and trail occupants, it has been equally heartening to hear the many solutions proposed, the funds committed, and the volunteer and work hours dedicated to resolving this crisis.
We have two teams working in parallel on solutions, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) focusing on immediate steps and County Staff working on Longer Terms Solutions.
Temporary Shelter. The Board of Supervisors selected Los Guillicos, 171 Pythian Road, for an emergency outdoor shelter site. This site will provide 60 emergency 64 square foot housing units, restrooms, showers, dining area/warming station, personal storage, dog run, a Navigation Center, medical services, fire watch, and 24-hour security. This emergency outdoor shelter site will be managed and supported by St. Vincent de Paul.
Outdoor shelters are not in themselves a solution to homelessness. The outdoor shelter model is designed to help people experiencing homelessness take their first step towards permanent stable housing. Services at the site would be geared to help people move into permanent supportive housing. An outdoor operator managed shelter is a new model for Sonoma County, and it has demonstrated positive results in other regions. Video of Temporary Shelter
This temporary shelter will operate until the longer-term indoor-outdoor shelters are created, but no later than April 30, 2020 – whichever comes first. Learn more about the Los Guilicos temporary outdoor homeless shelter, including answers to frequently asked questions here.
Actualización sobre el refugio temporal para personas sin hogar de Los Guilicos: Hoy el Condado sigue adelante con la creación del refugio temporal al aire libre a medida que las tripulaciones de los trabajadores comienzan a establecer las unidades de refugio. Este refugio temporal funcionará hasta el 30 de abril de 2020, o hasta que se creen refugios interiores y exteriores a largo plazo, lo que ocurra primero. Obtenga más información sobre el refugio temporal para personas sin hogar de Los Guilicos, incluidas las respuestas a las preguntas más frecuentes: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Homeless-Emerg…/Refugio-temporal
County Staff is working simultaneously on addressing long term solutions with regard to shared housing, master leasing, indoor-outdoor shelters and support services.
The County is moving forward on setting up secure housing options through leases, multi-unit home purchases, as well as Indoor-Outdoor Shelters. These will be part of the continuum of secure housing options that will allow the County to address the varying needs of the unhoused based on their situation.
The County has set up a hotline and email for community members to contact with questions about the County’s homeless response.
Hotline: (707)565-3856, available from Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
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