On Tuesday, Nov. 28, the Santa Rosa City Council authorized the allocation of $2.3 million in grant funds the City received from the HOME Investment Partnership American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Upon the recommendation of the City's Housing and Community Services Department, Council approved agreements with Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) in the amount of $711,375 and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa (CCDSR) in the amount of $1,615,444 for an eighteen-month period January 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025. The two charitable, non-profit organizations were selected following a Request for Proposals process of qualified, experienced organizations to provide supportive services aimed a preventing homelessness in Santa Rosa.
COTS, which is based in Petaluma, has more than 35 years of experience providing services and housing to vulnerable populations, including shelter, housing, homelessness prevention, and supportive services. COTS proposes to open a satellite office in Santa Rosa and provide financial assistance (rapid re-housing or homelessness prevention) to 50 participants targeted at assisting individuals to retain their current housing or exit homelessness. Participants will also have access to the following supportive services – urgent assistance (toiletries, blankets, etc.), case management, food, transportation, and mental health services provided by a contracted licensed marriage and family therapist. COTS plans to reduce the length of time participants spend homeless, increase retention of permanent housing, and limit returns to homelessness.
CCDSR has more than 40 years of experience serving vulnerable populations in Sonoma County including shelter, housing, homelessness prevention, and supportive services. CCDSR operates the City-funded Samuel L. Jones Hall Homeless Shelter, Caritas Family Center, Safe Parking Program, Caritas Drop-In Center, and the Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST). CCDSR proposes to provide financial assistance (rapid re-housing or homelessness prevention) to 90 participants targeted at assisting individuals to retain their current housing or exit homelessness. Participants will also have access to the following supportive services – housing counseling, food, and mental health services contracted by Santa Rosa Community Health at the Caritas Center Clinic. CCDSR plans to assist participants to build financial resiliency and housing stability, to bolster personal resiliency and coping skills to stabilize housing outcomes, and seeks to reduce food insecurity, recurrence of homelessness, and the impacts of homelessness.
For more information, including the staff report, presentation and video recording of the Nov. 28 City Council agenda item, visit the City's Legistar website.