On Friday, Oct 12th, almost a hundred people came together for four hours at the Center for Spiritual Living on Stony Point Road to share and inspire each other about their ideas for new housing and supportive service program designs. Sponsored by several organizations, the gathering focused on what participants have found works to support those living without permanent shelter. Twenty speakers took up to ten minutes each presenting slideshows, videos, architectural drawings, and personal stories to advocate for a wide variety of solutions which new state funding could implement.
Homeless Action! Activist Adrienne Lauby commented “We need to work on these ideas together, and make sure they are presented and considered seriously by the new Continuum of Care Leadership Council for HEAP funding.” The Leadership Council is being formed on Oct 18th at the County Community Development Commission office, 1-4pm, at 1440 Guerneville Road, Santa Rosa. The nine-member, multi-jurisdictional body will lead and coordinate decision-making on homeless facility and program funding.