Programs and Initiatives

The City of Santa Rosa has developed a five-year Homelessness Solutions Strategic Plan, which outlines actions to address homelessness from 2023-2027 in alignment with the Sonoma County Continuum of Care. The City works with community partners to provide outreach, shelter, housing, and services to persons experiencing homelessness, or those who are at risk of becoming homeless, and follows the Housing First Strategyproviding individualized assistance to people experiencing homelessness toward the goal of obtaining housing. Click on the corresponding tab(s) below for more information about the programs and initiatives currently funded by the City within each area of service.

  1. Emergency Shelter

Family Support Center: A 192-bed emergency shelter operated by Catholic Charities for families experiencing homelessness. The center provides food, clothing, children’s activities, medical and dental care, and client-focused family action plans and services to overcome homelessness. 

Samuel L. Jones Hall Homeless Shelter: A City-owned facility operated by Catholic Charities since it opened in 2005. This housing-focused emergency shelter provides up to 213 year-round beds for single adults experiencing homelessness. Samuel L. Jones Hall Shelter Annex, constructed in 2021 to restore shelter bed capacity that was lost due to COVID-19 social-distancing requirements, provides up to 60 beds and is operated in conjunction with the main shelter facility. These 60 beds are part of the total 213 year-round beds provided on-site.

YWCA: The YWCA Sonoma County supports families affected by domestic violence by providing safe shelter in a confidential location as well as therapy, advocacy, and on-going support and operates the community’s ONLY 24/7 Crisis Hotline for victims of domestic violence 707-546-1234.

If you are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless and need help please visit Sonoma County’s Coordinated Entry System website for more information on housing assistance and emergency shelter intake information.

  1. Day Services
  1. Encampment Resolution & Street Outreach
  1. Rental Assistance
  1. Safe Parking/Camping & Warming Center