Sonoma County Office of Education may build housing for teachers, employees | The Press Democrat | August 29, 2018
For years, the housing crisis has been a major quandary for public school employees that was exacerbated by the October wildfires, which destroyed about 5,300 homes in the county.
One tells the story of million-dollar homes, and the other tells of the decline of affordable housing. With Sonoma County emerging as a world-class food and wine destination, the disparities are becoming more difficult to ignore. As homeless encampments become a fact of life, these inequities undermine the well-being of every community — even those communities that think it’s not their problem.
The Santa Rosa City Council on Tuesday, August 7th unanimously supported a spending plan for the $124 million housing bond on the November ballot.
Sonoma County wildfires fuel first rise in homeless census since 2011 | The Press Democrat | July 6, 2018
October’s devastating wildfires helped swell Sonoma County’s homeless population for the first time since 2011, raising the count by 6 percent, or 161 people, according to the annual point-in-time census. The Feb. 23 street-level survey found a total of 2,996 people experiencing homelessness around the county, compared with 2,835 a year earlier — before the North Bay fires destroyed nearly 5,300 homes countywide.
City Council sees Santa Rosa housing bond as top priority for fall | The Press Democrat | June 26, 2018
The City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to advance a city-only affordable housing bond, likely somewhere between $80 million and $180 million…Whatever figure is eventually selected, council members made it clear that the success of such a bond was their top priority…A city staff report estimated that $80 million could generate 593 new units of housing, while $180 million could build 1,333 units when the local dollars are leveraged to attract state and federal dollars.