Sep 14, 2017
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appropriated $750,000 in flexible local resources in the 2017-18 fiscal year to help address homelessness in the Lower Russian River area1. On August 23, 2017, Fifth District Supervisor Lynda Hopkins convened sixteen local experts, stakeholders and community members as the Lower Russian River Homeless Task Force to guide decisions about how to spend the $750,000. The Task Force had representation from the human service, health, business, environmental, public safety, education, and recreation sectors, and broadly represented the diversity of views about homelessness and its impacts in the lower Russian River Area. The Task Force agreed on the goals, priorities and general criteria that should be used to expend the new funds, and reached consensus that the major objective for the use of the funds is to place fifty (50) people (25% of the current number) into stable housing by January 2019.
The Sonoma County Community Development Commission is providing staff support for the Task Force and as such is administering this Request for Proposals (RFP) which captures the direction given by the Task Force.
Proposals are sought from eligible organizations or groups that can effectively mitigate the impacts of homelessness in the Lower Russian River area leading to a reduction in the number of people experiencing homelessness by fifty (50) by January 2019. A total of $750,000 is available to be awarded in the form of grants, funding agreements or contracts, with no less than $500,000 to be used for housing-specific activities or activities that move homeless people closer to being housed, and the remainder available to address other community concerns such public safety, tourism, and the environment.
On behalf of Sonoma County and the Task Force, we look forward to receiving a diversity of proposals for delivery of services that can permanently end people's homelessness, and mitigate the overall impacts of the current crisis on our community.
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