Santa Rosa's Homeless Encampment Assistance Pilot (HEAP) Program involves a multi-disciplinary team focused on a compassionate approach to address the health, safety, and shelter needs of persons living in encampments and to ease impacts to surrounding communities. The team is comprised of representatives from various City departments and Catholic Charities’ Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST). The City prioritizes encampments based on the following criteria: the number of individuals estimated at the site and an assessment of their vulnerability due to living outdoors, associated health, safety, and fire risks, and property ownership.
To date, the Pilot Program has resolved encampments at the Farmers Lane Extension, 101 underpasses, Doyle Community Park, and Corporate Center Parkway. The Pilot Program also provided support to the County of Sonoma’s resolution of encampments in the Roseland area. Below is additional information on the recent encampment at Corporate Center Parkway.
A large-scale encampment of tents and RVs arose along several streets in southwest Santa Rosa including Corporate Center Parkway, Apollo Way, and Challenger Way, during the summer months of 2018. The City of Santa Rosa held a community meeting regarding HEAP's efforts to address the encampment on August 28, 2018, at the North Coast Builders Exchange. Staff from Police, Fire, Housing and Community Services, Transportation and Public Works, Community Engagement, and Catholic Charities were on hand to answer questions. The encampment was resolved by late Fall, with approximately 40 individuals accepting shelter, housing, and services. More information can be found below.