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Posted on: February 14, 2024

Homelessness Solutions Strategic Plan Year One Outcomes

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On Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, the Santa Rosa City Council received a report from the Housing and Community Services Department outlining the City’s progress toward implementing year one of its the five-year Homelessness Solutions Strategic Plan. Th...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: January 30, 2024

Warming Center to Open 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Jan. 31 - Feb. 2

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The City of Santa Rosa, in partnership with Catholic Charities, will open a temporary drop-in warming center 7 p.m. to  7 a.m. beginning Wednesday night, Jan. 31 through Friday morning, Feb. 2 for residents who need a place to get out of the fore...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: January 9, 2024

Community Input Needed on Housing & Services

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The City is seeking community input to help guide the 2024-2027 Consolidated Plan, determining how federal funding will be used to meet housing and community services needs and set priorities in Santa Rosa over the next three years.

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Posted on: December 20, 2023

New Homes for the Holidays at Laurel at Perennial Park

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Residents are settling in at Santa Rosa’s most recently completed affordable housing development – Laurel at Perennial Park. The complex is at the site of the former Journey’s End Mobile Home Park, destroyed by the Tubbs Fire, and provides homes for low-i...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: December 20, 2023

HOST Team Prepares to Expand Outreach to Unhoused Residents in Downtown

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The Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST), which is funded by the City and operated by Catholic Charities, is preparing to launch expanded outreach services in downtown Santa Rosa. HOST is the City’s designated outreach provider and has served ...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: December 12, 2023

Construction to Begin on Disaster Recovery Project to Build Affordable Apartments in Roseland

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All financing is now in place, clearing the way for construction of the new Burbank Avenue Apartments complex in Roseland at 1780 Burbank Avenue, marking a milestone in Santa Rosa’s wildfire recovery. The project is the last of five affordable housing dev...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: November 29, 2023

City Council Approves Allocation of $2.3M HOME-ARP Grant to Combat Homelessness

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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)....

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: November 1, 2023

Free Virtual Fair Housing Law and Practice Seminar for Housing Providers

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Property owners and managers are invited to a free virtual seminar on Nov. 8. City and County housing officials will join Housing Advocates of Northern California to present important information related to fair housing laws.

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Posted on: October 26, 2023

Milestone Disaster Recovery Project “Laurel at Perennial Park” Welcomes Residents

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The City of Santa Rosa is celebrating the opening of Laurel at Perennial Park, a new affordable housing development for seniors on Mendocino Avenue at the site of the former Journey’s End Mobile Home Park destroyed by the Tubbs Fire. The opening...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: September 21, 2023

Down Payment Assistance Loan Programs - Sept 27 Webinar/Meeting

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Santa Rosa residents looking to buy their first home may be eligible for up to $175,000 in down payment loan assistance. An informational webinar, with an in-person location to view the webinar, will be held Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.

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Posted on: August 24, 2023

Point-in-Time Count Shows 30% Fewer Residents Experiencing Homelessness in Santa Rosa

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Results from the 2023 Sonoma County Homeless Count and Survey show the City of Santa Rosa, in coordination with the Sonoma Continuum of Care, is successfully addressing homelessness. During this year’s count conducted in January, 22% fewer resid...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: August 24, 2023

Caritas Homes Phase One Opens in Downtown

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On Thursday, Aug. 24, the City of Santa Rosa and its Housing Authority joined Burbank Housing and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa in celebrating the opening of Caritas Homes Phase 1 — a new 64-unit affordable housing complex in the City’s ...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: August 9, 2023

Ordinance Governing Camping on Public and Private Property

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Update: Aug. 9, 2023

On Tuesday, Aug. 8, the Santa Rosa City Council approved a recommendation by the Housing and Community Services Department that Council introduce an ordinance repealing and replacing Chapter 11-22 of the Santa Rosa City Code (Camping o...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: August 1, 2023

Housing Authority Awards $8.5M in NOFA Funds for Four Affordable Housing Projects

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The Santa Rosa Housing Authority has approved approximately $8.5 million in conditional loan commitments of 2023-24 loan funds to four Santa Rosa housing developments, which will help create up to 158 new units of affordable housing and rehabilitate and p...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: July 31, 2023

New Affordable Homes for Farmworker Families in Rincon Valley

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Construction framing has begun on MidPen Housing's new Mahonia Glen development. Local and state support helped make the project possible, including $4.9 million from the Santa Rosa Housing Authority.

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Posted on: June 19, 2023

City of Santa Rosa Awarded Nearly $3.9M in State Funding to Resolve Encampments

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The City of Santa Rosa has been awarded nearly $3.9 million in funding from the State of California’s Encampment Resolution Funding Program (ERF). The grant monies will be used to address encampments in the Southwest and Southeast regions of Santa Rosa an...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: June 7, 2023

Safe Parking Program Completes Successful First Year of Operation

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The City’s Safe Parking Program, which opened in March 2022, has successfully helped to reduce vehicle encampments and homelessness in Santa Rosa. The City Council received an update this week following the program’s first year of oper...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: May 22, 2023

Caritas Village Receives $5 Million Thanks to Assemblymember Jim Wood's Efforts

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On May 19, 2023, Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) presented Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa with a check for $5 million from the state of California to help launch Caritas Center in its first year. Assemblymember Wood secured the funding for Cathol...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: July 6, 2023

Deadline Extended to Apply to the Waitlist for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

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Update: July 6, 2023

Waitlist Lottery Application Deadline Extended to July 14, 2023

The deadline to apply to participate in the lottery for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Waitlist has been extended to July 14, 2023. Beginning June 1, 2023 and...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: May 9, 2023

City Proclaims Affordable Housing Month, Emphasizes Fairness, Inclusion, and Justice in Housing

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Access to safe, stable affordable homes is critical to create strong, thriving, equitable communities. That's why during the month of May, the Santa Rosa City Council and the Santa Rosa Housing Authority are joining with community partners and experts in ...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: May 3, 2023

Leasing of New Affordable Apartments at Former Journey's End Mobile Home Park Site

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Residents of the Journey's End Mobile Home Park who were displaced by the 2017 Tubbs Fire can apply now for residency at the new "Laurel at Perennial Park" affordable apartment complex, which is located at the site of the former mobile ...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: April 26, 2023

Construction to Begin on New South Park Commons Affordable Apartment Complex

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Construction of South Park Commons, a new affordable housing complex at the former Bennett Valley Senior Center site, is set to begin. Financing for the project was completed last week, including the investment of the City-owned parcel at Bennett Valley R...

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Housing and Community Services
Posted on: April 4, 2023

Leasing to Begin for New Affordable Housing Complex in Downtown Santa Rosa

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Burbank Housing has opened the interest list for prospective tenants at its new Caritas Homes affordable housing complex to be located on 7th Street in downtown Santa Rosa. Caritas Homes - Phase One, which is currently under construction, will create a br...

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Housing and Community Services