- Homeless Service Organizations in Sonoma County
– Government Agencies
- Homeless Service Organizations Outside Sonoma County
- Homeless Shelters
- Homeless Advocacy Organizations
- Reports and Articles on Homelessness
- Tiny Home Communities
- Films & Media
- Government Funding for the Homeless
For shelter services run by the following organizations, refer to page on Get Help/Shelters.
Homeless Service Organizations in Sonoma County
Buckelew Programs helps people with behavioral health challenges lead healthier, more independent lives, strengthening families and communities in the process. Our wide range of services for adults and children in the North Bay includes supported housing and employment for people living with mental illness, family support, outpatient counseling, substance use treatment, outreach, education, and suicide prevention. We tailor our treatment and support services to the unique needs of each individual, encouraging the active collaboration of loved ones and other supporters. Programs include:
- Sonoma County Independent Living (SCIL) Program
- Transition Age Youth (TAY) Ages 18-25
- Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT)
- Family Service Coordination
- Buckelew Suicide Prevention Program
- Outreach and education
Catholic Charities is an independent 501(C)(3) nonprofit serving the counties of Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and Del Norte. Working to solve the challenges of poverty, hunger, and marginalization, we reach over 76,000 men, women, and children each year. Shelters:
- Family Support Center
- Sam Jones Hall
- The Palms
CHSC is known throughout Sonoma County for developing supportive housing for people living with disabling conditions who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Since 1994, CHSC has helped to create affordable housing for over 330 people, has provided supportive housing for 168 people, and has helped to leverage over $65.5 million in financing from local, state, and federal sources.
15 housing projects – https://www.communityhousingsc.org/developments
COTS was founded in 1988 committed to a vision to end homelessness in Sonoma County, and focused their mission on assisting people to transition from homelessness to a permanent home. Their 2018-2023 Strategic Plan Summary can be found here. Programs include:
- Mary Isaak Center Shelter (MIC)
- Kids First Family Shelter (KFFS)
- Integrity Housing
- Rapid Re-Housing (RRH)
- Laure Reichek Housing Hub
Community Support Network is known in Sonoma County for leading-edge care for homeless adults with behavioral health challenges. In CNS’s supportive homes, their clients have access to every resource available to them – from community agencies and support groups, to healthcare resources and service providers. Programs include:
- Permanent Supportive Housing
- Social Rehab
- Board & Care
- Homeless Shelter
Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST)
The Homeless Outreach Services Team (HOST), operated by Catholic Charities and funded by the City of Santa Rosa, is a street outreach team that actively works in our community to engage unsheltered homeless into services and housing in collaboration with the Police Department’s Downtown Enforcement Team (DET) and other providers such as Social Advocates for Youth (SAY). The City Council funded this pilot effort starting in August 2015.
InterFaith Shelter Network (IFSN) is a public benefit 501(c)(3). By filling community housing, counseling, service, resource and linkage gaps, IFSN compels transformation and contributes to the overall health and well–being of the community!
IFSN provides supervised, structured housing for all homeless target populations (up to two years), with focus on the chronically homeless in eleven facilities.
Comprehensive services include case management, counseling, therapy, mainstream/ community resource coordination and linkage, and wrap–around supportive services conducive to stabilization, rehabilitation, skill–building, parent/child reunification, and accountability. Programs include:
- Ten transitional houses
- One permanent-living house
- Rapid Rehousing Programs
The Living Room (TLR) offers drop-in daytime services Monday through Friday to women and children who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Our aim is to create a welcoming safe environment where participants can rest, rejuvenate, and work towards stability. Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to listening to those experiencing homelessness, and to treating every woman and child who comes to The Living Room with kindness, dignity, and compassion.
The Mission of The Living Room is to ease adversity and promote stability, dignity, and self-reliance for women and children who are homeless, or at-risk of homelessness, in Sonoma County.
Case management, career assessment, transitional housing, behavioral health treatment program for vets with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues, assistance with benefits applications, help with rent & utility payments, childcare. Eligible vets may receive training subsidies & assistance securing work-related documents, licenses & tools. Alcohol & drug treatment referrals. Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm. Closed 12-1 pm. After hours appointments available.
Reach for Home’s vision is to end homelessness in North Sonoma County. The purpose of their programs is to provide opportunities and support for clients to work toward self-sufficiency, independence, and permanent housing. Partnering with numerous organizations, they help people in North Sonoma County who are struggling with or at risk of losing housing. Reach is transforming lives by engaging their clients in an action plan for their success, and providing them with the skills needed to attain permanent housing.
- First Step Housing
- Permanent support Housing
- Rapid Re-Housing
Redwood Gospel Mission serves all of Sonoma County; also reaching out to the surrounding counties which have no Rescue Ministries. Its mission is to transform through mobilizing and equipping people in this community to minister to the needy, thus fulfilling the Gospel imperative “For in as much as ye did it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye did it unto Me.”
- Men’s Mission
- The Rose
- New Life Program
- Manna Home
- Mobile Ministries
- Jail Ministries
- Thrift Store
- Outreach Ministries
14520 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446 (Map)
(The Empowerment Center is currently closed because of the Shelter in Place order. We are providing virtual services via Facebook).
For adults in West County with severe and persistent mental illness. Free support groups, classes, life skills, stress management, peer counseling. Tuesdays – Fridays 12 pm – 5 pm. No habla español.
SHARE Sonoma County is a 501(C)(3) registered nonprofit organization. SHARE matches and place an individual needing housing into a home with a senior (over 60) who otherwise would have been unable to remain in his or her home, or needing carefully defined support services which the tenant provides in exchange for paying less or no rent.
SAY began over 45 years ago with a mission to keep teens out of jail and off the streets. Today, they provide emergency shelter and long-term affordable housing, counseling, and career services for youth and their families of all ages throughout Sonoma County.
Sonoma Overnight Support (SOS) is a non-profit dedicated to shelter the homeless and feed the hungry in the City of Sonoma and Sonoma Valley. In 2007, with a grant from the State of California and support from the City of Sonoma, SOS purchased a four-bedroom modular home as a homeless shelter named The Haven. Programs include:
- Navigation Center
As of July 1st, 2019, the Haven transitioned into a Navigation Center where case management will be provided to homeless people seeking emergency shelter. No overnight shelter available at The Haven House. Emergency shelter is handled off-site in a case-by-case scenario. Vouchers will also be provided to local hotels in Petaluma until case management can help sort out issues.
- Winter Shelter
From December 1st through March 31st, SOS operates a winter shelter with funds from the Community Development Commission of Sonoma County. Homeless adults can come to The Haven for a hot evening meal at 6 pm, and afterwards they are transported by a van to Sonoma Alliance Church where they sleep in the Fellowship Hall. They return to The Haven in the morning at 8 am for breakfast, and can access the SOS Day Services.
No self-transportation allowed. No pets. No smoking and no drugs. For everyone’s safety, clients must stay within the premises of the winter shelter at all times. Sleeping bags provided.
- Day Services
Monday to Friday 9 am to 1 pm. Showers, laundry, hot food, and case management services available. No need to sign up. Just show up at The Haven house. Haircuts and health check-ups on a monthly basis.
- Safe Parking
Vetted clients will be permitted to park in The Haven parking lot with permit only. Visit The Haven or call for rules.
- Off-Site Food Distribution
Wednesdays – The Springs Community Center
18627 CA-12, Sonoma, CA 95476 (Map)
11 am – 1 pm
Fridays – La Luz Community Center
17560 Greger St, Sonoma, CA 95476 (Map)
4 – 6 pm
SAVS is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit dedicated to creating tiny villages for the unsheltered of Sonoma County. Tiny villages can be any sanctioned shelter from safe parking, to RV Parks, to tiny homes. SAVS coordinates with residents to co-manage the villages to deliver safe, dignified shelter.
Originally a refuge for abused women, children and runaways, Wallace House has since evolved into a fully functioning housing provider. Opened in 1982, it has been a haven of hope, healing, rest and warmth for our most desperate and downtrodden. We are staffed by an executive director, volunteer program graduates, a volunteer Board of Directors and volunteers from the community.
Wallace House Emergency Shelter is our primary gateway service. Clients may stay for up to six months at Wallace House. During this time, they receive wrap-around transformative case management services before being offered an opportunity to the Transitional Housing program or permanent housing in the community. Programs and Services include:
- Recovery Services
- Transitional Housing
- Supportive Housing Program at Cherry Creek Village
- Homeless Prevention Services for the Working Poor
The WCCS’s mission is to strengthen and empower individuals, families, and communities by providing access to critical social programs to at-risk and vulnerable populations. Programs and services include:
- Adult Employment
- Counseling Services
- The Empowerment Center
- Housing Services
- Senior Services
- Youth Program
VOICES is a youth-developed, youth-led emancipation center focused on supporting current and former foster youth transition into healthy adulthood. VOICES’ mission is to empower underserved youth, ages 16-24, by utilizing holistic services throughout their transition from systems of care, while building a loving community and establishing a solid foundation for a healthy future.
VOICES is a program of On The Move, a 501(C)(3) registered nonprofit organization that partners with communities and mobilizes emerging leaders to take action in pursuit of social equity.
City of Santa Rosa
Programs and Initiatives
The City of Santa Rosa works with several community partners to provide outreach, shelter, housing and services to persons experiencing homelessness or those who are at risk of becoming homeless, in alignment with its Housing First Strategy, in which individualized assistance is provided to people experiencing homelessness toward the goal of obtaining housing. Below is a list of programs currently funded by the City.
- Emergency Shelter
- Day Services
- Street Outreach
- Rental Assistance
- Community Homeless Assistance Program (CHAP)
- Homeless Encampment Assistance Program (HEAP)
Housing First Strategy
In January 2017, the Santa Rosa City Council adopted a Housing First Strategy and work plan to address homelessness in Santa Rosa. It directs that all homeless service resources and efforts be viewed and evaluated as part of a comprehensive community-wide program facilitating the transition of individuals and families experiencing homelessness into permanent housing. This means that all City funding considerations or initiatives (either directly or through third party contracts), permitted uses, land use policies, etc., that are devoted to providing a service to those experiencing homelessness shall be aligned with the Federal and State Housing First model. The City provides funding to several community partners in alignment with its Housing First Strategy.
County of Sonoma
HOME Sonoma County is Sonoma County’s homeless services system of care. The countywide effort is governed by a nine-member Leadership Council responsible for allocating funds to local homeless services programs. The Council consists of local elected officials and individuals with lived homeless experience and is advised by Task Groups comprising its 25-member Technical Advisory Committee. The Community Development Commission is currently serving as the Lead Agency of HOME Sonoma County.
The Goal of HOME Sonoma County is to achieve Functional Zero homelessness in Sonoma County using a Housing First model.
- HOME Sonoma County Leadership Council
The HOME Sonoma County Leadership Council is the primary decision-making body for the Sonoma County homeless system of care. The Leadership Council serves as the HUD-mandated Continuum of Care (CoC) governing body for the county.
- HOME Sonoma County Technical Advisory Committee
The HOME Sonoma County Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) serves as the advisory body to the HOME Sonoma County Leadership Council. The TAC is made up of 25 members with backgrounds in homeless services, housing development or lived experience of homelessness.
- Coordinated Entry System
Coordinated Entry is a streamlined system designed to efficiently match people experiencing homelessness to available housing, shelter, and services. It prioritizes those who are most in need of assistance and provides crucial information that helps communities strategically allocate resources and identify gaps in service. Sonoma County’s Coordinated Entry system employs a Housing First model that prioritizes individuals and families facing the highest vulnerability and needs for permanent, supportive housing.
Contact: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
Download the Coordinated Entry Flyer – English | Spanish
Coordinated Entry Housing Options
- 2019 Continuum of Care Competition Priority List
On August 22, 2019 the HOME Sonoma County Leadership Council (CoC Board) approved rating and rankings for new and renewal projects in the FY 2019 Continuum of Care Competition. The full priority list can be viewed from the HOME Sonoma County website. [Read]
Homeless Service Organization Outside Sonoma County
1851 S. Ninth Ave, Maywood, IL 60153
Our mission is to transition people from housing crisis to housing stability. We offer a full range of programs and services that are 1) participant-centered, 2) integrated, 3) modeled using best practices and 4) designed to reduce the length of time and impact of trauma associated with homelessness and housing instability.