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Housing and Real Estate

Affordable Housing is a hot topic just about everywhere - Homelessness for those who don't have shelter, and real estate from land use policy to Plan Bay Area 2040...where to plant our feet to call HOME is on our minds.

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2017-11-06Nov 6, 2017

Even before the smoke cleared,
people were talking about rebuilding Sonoma County.

But what does that look like?
Who will make the decisions?
How can we all become stronger together?

2017-10-15Oct 15, 2017

The County of Sonoma has begun the process of assessing evacuated areas of the unincorporated county for damage. This is a necessary and important process as it allows the County to determine what dangers may/may not be present and what repairs may/may not be needed before evacuation orders are lifted.

2017-10-13Oct 13, 2017

The County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa are opening a Local Assistance Center (LAC) in partnership with FEMA and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalEOS) tomorrow morning, Saturday, October 14th.

2017-10-11Oct 11, 2017

From volunteers donating food, clothing, time, energy for fire victims, to friends cooking for firefighters, Sonoma County community is supporting each other through this crisis. 

2017-09-27Sep 27, 2017

“It takes a village to answer the needs of individuals who find themselves chronically without a home.” The answer for some of Santa Rosa’s homeless population comes in the form of shelter at a former motel known as the Palms Inn, located on southern Santa Rosa Avenue. On a visit to artist Mario Uribe’s studio in late 2016, the owner of the property Akash Kalia, asked how he could bring an art component to The Palms Inn.

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

I have been volunteering in the local community care system for the past 17 months trying to understand the homeless crisis problem in Sonoma County. What I have learned so far is that the community care system is flush with money, professional paid labor, and public and private programs to help people get back on their feet, but it’s not working for thousands of residents still living on the street.

2017-08-31Aug 31, 2017

 The addition of $750,000 by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in the adopted budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year provides a unique opportunity to convene a targeted, collaborative process to decide how to invest the one-time money to alleviate the current crisis of homelessness.

2017-08-21Aug 21, 2017

The County of Sonoma is pleased to announce that its Property Tax e-Billing System is now live. By enrolling, taxpayers will receive a tax bill via email. The Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office invites all interested taxpayers to sign up this service at Taxpayers enrolled by September 1 will receive an e-Bill for their secured property tax payments due December 11, 2017, and April 10, 2018.

2017-08-02Aug 2, 2017

Nearly three weeks has elapsed since, one by one, Administration Drive Safe Parking participants were approached by the program manager and a monitor and handed sheets of paper on the evening of June 20. “Good!”, I thought, from the front seat of my car, several rows away, “They’re finally enforcing the designated smoking area and dog leashing rules.”

2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017

Rohnert Park City Council recently voted on short term rental regulations. The council approved rentals of single rooms only, not whole house or accessory dwelling units. Part of the reason has to do with keeping much-needed housing stock available. As more whole homes are used as vacation rentals this can put a strain on available housing stock and increased housing costs. Rohnert Park has seen a 100% increase in the number of homes listed on Airbnb in less than 18 months. According to the American Community Survey short term rentals make up approximately 44% of the total unoccupied units in the county.

2017-08-01Aug 1, 2017

District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that over 100 homeless victims of crime have been provided services through the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), which launched in March 2017.

2017-10-27Oct 27, 2017

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch warns Sonoma County residents of scams involving fraudulently filed applications for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance. The Napa and Sonoma County District Attorney’s Offices received several reports from residents whose personal identifying information, including their social security numbers, had been used to file a fraudulent FEMA application.  Some residents reported that they attempted to apply for FEMA assistance, only to find that someone had already applied under their name. While other residents, who had not filed applications for assistance, reported that FEMA-affiliated inspectors came to their homes to ask about their applications.

2017-07-30Jul 30, 2017

My interest in understanding Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) coincided with discussions, back in the summer of 2014, about changes to the Vacation Rental Ordinance. Vacation rental homes were at the center of discussions regarding impacts of tourism on the local communities because the number of them had significantly increase

2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017

On the 22nd June, a number of people sleeping in their vehicles in the parking lot in front of county Administration buildings came together to talk about two memos they’d received from Catholic Charities. 

2017-06-28Jun 28, 2017

Moving has been said to be one of the 3 highest stress factors in our lives. When an older person, who may been living in their home for 30 years or more, has to move to a smaller residence by choice or is forced to move because they can no longer care for themselves, this can be one of the most trying times of life.

2017-10-23Oct 23, 2017

I have never been so proud to live in Sonoma County.

Over the past 11 days, we’ve been to Hell and back. The worst wildfire in the history of the State of California slammed into the heart of our community, consuming everything in its path.

2017-10-23Oct 23, 2017

Calls for Immediate Help for Homeless and Displaced People To minimize suffering into the winter months and to assure that all homeless people in Sonoma County are cared for after the disastrous fires, Homeless Action! proposes the following Six-Point Plan:

2017-10-23Oct 23, 2017

I read a Facebook message from a client at 5 AM on 10/9/17 that they may lose their home and that was the first I heard of this disaster, I was in Chicago on vacation.

2017-10-23Oct 23, 2017

We’re about the enter a new phase in Sonoma County, one that we were trying to achieve through environmental awareness and social and political activism.

2017-10-23Oct 23, 2017

A coalition of immigrant service providers and advocates have launched theUndocuFund for Fire Relief in Sonoma County to provide direct assistance to undocumented Sonoma County residents who are victims of the Northern California fires.

2017-10-23Oct 23, 2017

Sifting through the ash wasn’t pleasant. The smell of scorched earth permeated everything. It was dirty, the soot of incinerated dreams was everywhere. And it was sad beyond emotion. But helping her friend dig in this ashen wasteland of a burned home changed her life.

2017-10-23Oct 23, 2017

Dan and Stacey Hageman live just east of Coffey Park, in a house at the point whereHemlock Street and Dogwood Drive meet on the northeastern edge of a neighborhood almost completely destroyed in the firestorm that roared offFountaingrove on Monday, Oct. 9.


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