Santa Rosa City Council Authorizes 5-Year Strategic Plan to Address Homelessness
The Santa Rosa City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 to adopt a five-year strategic plan to address the critical concern of homelessness in the city. The Homelessness Solutions Strategic Plan provides key strategies and actions to improve the City’s response to homelessness in alignment with the regional system of care, the Sonoma County Continuum Care, with the ambitious goal of achieving “Functional Zero” homelessness in Santa Rosa by 2027. The Homelessness Solutions Strategic Plan outlines a set of strategies, five-year goals, and performance targets the City will implement to reduce homelessness. To view the Homelessness Solutions Strategic Plan, Initial Assessment, staff report, and presentation, please use the following links:
Work on the Homelessness Solutions Strategic Plan began in March 2022 and was prepared over the following eight months, starting with an assessment of existing systems and stakeholders, followed by drafting and delivering the final strategic plan. To provide technical assistance in developing the plan, the City engaged Focus Strategies, a national consulting firm based on the West Coast with over 16 years of experience helping communities improve efforts to end homelessness by using local data and national research to shape program and system design. Outreach was conducted to a wide range of stakeholder groups including sheltered and unsheltered community members who are experiencing homelessness, business and non-profit groups, and members of the greater Santa Rosa community, including a community input session and survey completed in May 2022. The information gathered was used to develop an understanding of the current state of the homelessness response in the City of Santa Rosa and to identify goals and strategies that were incorporated into the plan.