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Many services are available for the low income and Homeless community, including food pantries and mobile showers so important during this time of covid-19 emergency. Images:,,
Many services are available for the low income and Homeless community, including food pantries and mobile showers so important during this time of covid-19 emergency. Images:,,

Resources for Low Income
and Homeless During the Covid-19 Crisis

Mar 20, 2020


This resource guide published first March 23,  is being updated as organizations send us new info..

Resources for Low Income and Homeless notice from 5th district Supervisor Linda Hopkins


We have been working to develop solutions for low income and homeless people. Follow this link for food and resources available across the County.

EOC staff is working to expand homeless service options including beds with proper distancing. The trailers delivered by the state will be used as quarantine stations for affected homeless people.

COVID‐19 FEMA assistance for tribal governments:‐covid‐19‐femaassistance‐tribal‐governments  

West County Community Services is continuing their great work.

Here is an update from WCCS Tim Miller

WCCSEach day brings new information on how we can best work together during this period of time. The most important steps we can take are to follow the recommended health protocols and take care of each other. Please know that at West County Community Services we are doing our best to maximize both staff safety and continued support for our most vulnerable clients.

The Senior Center itself is closed but critical services remain in place. Rather than bring seniors in for community meals, we are making bagged meals and seniors can pick them up individually at our outside spaces. Our medical transportation program that provides daily rides from our rural area to city-based hospitals and other medical offices is now providing medically-approved transportation services through a taxi-voucher program. Client case management is continuing via telephone and e-mail. The Empowerment Center is creating Facebook Groups and other online support services to serve its clients remotely.

Importantly, given that more and more of us are remaining home, particularly vulnerable seniors, our Senior Depression Case Manager remains working full-time providing telephone and video support to these important clients. Employment Case Managers are working remotely with their current clients, providing job coaching/interviewing techniques, resume building, etc to keep them on the path of future or better employment.

Our Rapid Rehousing Case Manager is supportive clients via phone and e-mail and short-term financial support continues to be provided to landlord partners. Our Emergency Winter Shelter remains open and will continue through March 31 as planned. We are working with our County Public Health office to maintain a balance between supporting congregate meals and sleeping for 45 homeless individuals vs. the health risks of putting people outdoors in 37 degree nights. We honor our staff for keeping up their incredible work. We thank you for all of your support.

A mobile shower van. Image: RESOURCES

Homeless Services Center (Catholic Charities):525-0226
600 Morgan Street, Santa Rosa
Wednesdays 1pm-3pm

Clean Start Mobile Showers (Catholic Charities): 1-855-707-HOSTTuesdays 10am-1pm @ 704 Bennett Valley Road (in the parking lot of the former SeniorCenter)
Saturdays 10am-1pm @ Santa Rosa City Hall Parking Lot

A shower stall inside a Clean Start mobile shower van. Image: Gospel Mission: 542-4817
101 6th Street, Santa Rosa
Monday-Saturday 7am-8am
Redwood Gospel Mission Mobile Showers:
Wednesday @ Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Ave, Santa Rosa
Thursday @ Bayside Church, 3175 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa
Friday @ Mary Isaak Center, 900 Hopper Street, Petaluma

HOST is a street outreach team that works to engage persons experiencing homelessness into services and housing in collaboration with the Police Department’s Downtown Enforcement Team (DET) and other service providers, such as Social Advocates for Youth. The City Council funded this pilot effort starting in August 2015 and continuing through June 2019. HOST served nearly 700 people during the past year.

HOST’s Clean Start Program, in addition to providing access to clean showers and bathrooms, serves as an outreach tool to further HOST’s efforts to engage persons experiencing homelessness in our community into services. Catholic Charities owns and operates the trailer, which is 16 feet long by 7 feet wide and has two bathroom-shower units.

For questions about the HOST program or other efforts supported by the City to address homelessness in our community, contact Elaine Gutsch, Housing and Community Services, at 707-543-3308 or . To make a referral to the HOST program, call 1-855-707-HOST (4678) or email .

Food Resources:

Additional resources compiled by the Gazette

Spanish: Soco Emergencia: Comida y otros recursos para personas de bajos recursos y sin hogar :

Soco Emergency Food and Other Resources for Low-Income and Homeless People:

Catholic Charities Food Distributions

Catholic Charities will continue with regular food distributions. CLICK HERE to find a distribution near you. Call our front desk at (707) 528-8712 with questions. 

Seniors in need of food should contact the Area Agency on Aging by calling (707) 565-INFO (4636). 

For additional food distributions, CLICK HERE for locations offered by Redwood Empire Food Bank.

UPDATE 3/25/2020

Like many of our nonprofit partners across Northern California, the financial need Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa is experiencing due to COVID-19 is unprecedented in the agency’s history. With exploding need and additional expenses associated with COVID-19, we are stretched thin and bracing for more. 
In response to this unfolding crisis, we are launching the Essential Services Fund.
With this fund, we will be able to provide expanded services including…
  • Food access for people who are facing hunger due to COVID-19 
  • Financial assistance for people who are at risk of losing housing due to COVID-19 
  • Safe and sanitary shelters and permanent supportive housing with newly expanded health precautions in place
  • Services for people over 65 who are experiencing isolation 


To adapt our existing services and respond to urgent new needs, we'll need significant additional resources.


As a response to COVID-19, we are prioritizing essential services to best address those whose lives have been affected. 
Per recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we have temporarily paused several services to protect the health of our clients, staff, and volunteers: 
  • Shaw Center for Memory Care 
  • Citizenship classes
  • Community Outreach meetings of greater than 10
We are INCREASING services in the following areas:
Food access:
  • Expanded food distributions, including drive-up distributions (beginning next week)
Assistance for people who are at risk of losing housing:
  • Rental assistance and other financial assistance 
Services for people over 65 who are experiencing isolation: 
  • Daily Wellness Check-in phone calls 
  • Food Delivery (beginning next week)
To best safeguard the well-being of those experiencing homelessness and to assist hospitals and emergency rooms, we are maintaining all shelter services.  Due to age and vulnerability to several respiratory conditions, our shelter clients are particularly at risk to COVID-19. 
To protect the health of over 400 children and adults in our care, we are practicing guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control including: 
  • Social Distancing – 6’ bed spacing 
  • Increased Sanitation – all common surfaces are frequently sanitized 
  • Increased Public Health Supplies for staff and residents
  • Increased Food – 3 meals daily due to “Shelter in Place” order
  • Common Areas – moved to protected outside areas, established “Social Distancing” designations
Are you facing financial difficulty as a result of COVID-19? 
Call our front desk at (707) 528-8712


The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has shown us that we are dependent on each other and no matter where we come from or how much money we have, we know it’s time to pull together and take care of one another. Whether it’s people with chronic health conditions, people without shelter, or our immigrant neighbors, we must ensure all of us can access the care we need.

Catholic Charities food pantry view. image:

Catholic Charities is here to foster this needed sense of community and care for our most vulnerable neighbors affected by this unfolding situation.

Though we may be far apart, by standing together and ensuring each and every one of us has all available resources and information, we will prevail through this outbreak.

These can be frightening and discouraging moments for us. But they are also humbling, as they remind us that we are not in control. We walk with our neighbors knowing that God is our light. And so we lean on Him with and for the people we serve, the people whom God clings Himself so closely.

Len Marabella
Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa

Thank you for your support in this difficult time of uncertainty in our community. Be assured that Catholic Charities and our partners are working tirelessly to care for the most vulnerable among us, especially during challenges such as these. 

Salvation Army Response to COVID-19

As the coronavirus COVID-19 has evolved into a pandemic, we are monitoring the situation daily. Safety is of utmost priority, so we have ramped up efforts to slow the spread of this virus among our employees, volunteers, and the homeless and other vulnerable people we serve.

In the United States, one in six people live in poverty, and more than 550,000 are counted as homeless. These populations severely lack access to proper care, hygiene, updated information, and medical resources, which makes them more susceptible to the virus. This is where we come in. This is who we serve.

We are working with local, state, and federal government and health authorities, including participating in situation awareness calls with federal partners like FEMA, CDC, DHS, and HHS. We are developing new hygiene and cleaning protocols to help keep safe our residents and others who depend on The Salvation Army’s programs and services to survive. In addition, all staff, volunteers, and program participants have been sent hygiene and prevention information as recommended by the CDC.

We also anticipate a significant increase in need of emergency assistance for low-wage employees facing layoffs due to COVID-19. The support we provide – rent/mortgage, utility, and food assistance, among others – will become more urgent as the situation evolves.

Meanwhile, our local divisions will continue to work in close partnership with area government and health experts to prepare and respond to meet specific community needs of 23 million individuals we serve each year and the more than 63,000 employees of our organization. We will continue to update this page as developments warrant.

We need support from our communities to continue to meet the daily needs of these vulnerable populations. Your donations will continue to help us respond to the situation.

Get Help

We’re serving people who have been impacted by COVID-19 all around the country.

If you or a loved one needs help, please contact your local Salvation Army to see what services are available in your area.

More information: 

Food and Other Resources for Low-Income and Homeless People


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