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Posted on: November 30, 2022

City of Santa Rosa Extends Warming Center Opening through Saturday Morning, Dec. 3

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Update: Nov. 30, 2022

Santa Rosa City Manager Maraskeshia Smith has authorized an extension of the City’s temporary warming center activation to keep the center in downtown Santa Rosa open an additional two nights, through Saturday morning, Dec. ...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: November 16, 2022

A Success Story: From Homeless to Home Sweet Home

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The following local success story of one man's journey out of homelessness and into housing is taken from Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa's 2021-2022 Annual Report (see page 5). Catholic Charities is the City of Santa Ros...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: November 16, 2022

City Council Authorizes 5-Year Homelessness Solutions Strategic Plan

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The Santa Rosa City Council voted unanimously on Tues., Nov. 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 improv...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: November 8, 2022

‘Housing Heroes’ Can Open Doors to Affordability

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The following message to the community was penned by Sonoma County Supervisor Chris Coursey and Santa Rosa City Councilmember Tom Schwedhelm and published in The Press Democrat 'Close to Home' opinion section on Sunday, November 6, 2022: Read in ...

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Posted on: November 8, 2022

City Prepares Warming Center in Advance of Extreme Weather Conditions

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The City of Santa Rosa, in partnership with Catholic Charities, is preparing for the onset of extreme weather conditions that will trigger the opening of a drop-in Warming Center for residents who need a place to go to get warm. The City’s Extre...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: October 26, 2022

Grand Opening of Linda Tunis Senior Apartments

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On October 25, Pep Housing celebrated the completion and grand opening of Linda Tunis Senior Apartments, an affordable housing development in Rincon Valley. The City of Santa Rosa is proud to have partnered with PEP housing on the project as part of a reg...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: September 21, 2022

Santa Rosa Homeless Services Move to New Caritas Center

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Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa has begun the process of consolidating Santa Rosa homeless services into one location at its new Caritas Center located in downtown Santa Rosa. This includes the Homeless Services Center (drop In ce...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: September 15, 2022

Housing Heroes Campaign Shines Light on Housing Crisis and How to Help

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The County of Sonoma and City of Santa Rosa are teaming up to celebrate “Housing Heroes” to encourage greater participation in housing rental assistance and home-sharing programs.

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Posted on: August 24, 2022

Santa Rosa Housing Projects Approved for Homekey Funding

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The State of California has approved $24.6 million in Homekey funding for two projects that will provide much-needed new housing and services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Santa Rosa. The City of Santa Rosa applied for the fund...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: August 10, 2022

New Caritas Family Shelter and Homeless Services Center to Open Downtown

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After years of fundraising, planning, design, and construction, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa is set to open its Caritas Center family shelter and homeless services center in downtown Santa Rosa in September. Staff from many City departm...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: June 16, 2022

Update on Efforts to Address Encampment on Old Stony Point Road

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The city has been working with the private property owner of two parcels on Old Stony Point Road where a large, long-term homeless encampment was established. Members of multiple city departments, outside agencies, and Catholic Charities’ Homele...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: May 31, 2022

New Encampment Map Tracks City’s Efforts to Address Homelessness

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The city has launched a new encampment locator tool to help monitor encampments throughout Santa Rosa and track efforts to address those encampments. The purpose is to promote increased community awareness and transparency by providing regularly updated i...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: April 28, 2022

'What Home Means to Me' Poster Contest

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It’s time for the 2023 “What Home Means to Me” Poster Contest!  The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) is looking for the next 13 young artists to feature in their 2023 national calen...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: February 24, 2022

City Council Approves Selection of Homeless Shelter Operator and Service Providers

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Following completion of a competitive Requests for Proposals process, City Council has selected two charitable organizations to provide homeless services programs for the city. This will provide for the continued operation of the Homeless Services Center,...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: April 28, 2022

Homelessness Solutions Strategic Plan

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In March 2022, following a competitive Request for Proposals process, City Council authorized a consulting services agreement with Focus Strategies to develop a five-year Homeless Solutions Strategic Plan for the city. The plan will identify step-by-step ...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: July 12, 2019

City, County Reach Agreement with Homeless Advocates on Preliminary Injunction

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Working together to expedite and attempt to resolve a pending federal lawsuit, the County of Sonoma, the Sonoma County Community Development Commission, and the City of Santa Rosa have reached an agreement with Homeless Action! and three individuals exper...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: January 28, 2021

$38M in Disaster Relief Funds Approved to Build Affordable Homes

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In October 2017, the Tubbs fire destroyed over 3,000 residential units in Santa Rosa, constituting a loss of approximately five percent of the City’s housing stock. In response to the 2017 wildfires, the United States Department of Housing &...

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