Information for People Experiencing Homelessness
If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness and would like more information about other services you may qualify for please call the County’s Community Intervention Program at (707) 565-4811
County Response to COVID-19 Risk among People Experiencing Homelessness
The County is working closely with local homeless shelters to determine their capacity and how many people are anticipated to need placement in alternative locations. Priority for placement in alternative locations, such as motels/hotels, will be given to people who are 65 years or older, medically compromised, pregnant, and who are ill and being tested for COVID-19.
Both the Cities and the County are working to secure alternative sites for overflow from shelters.
The County has created guidance for shelters on mitigation strategies and a process for screening, and medical assessment and testing.
The County will also work through its street outreach teams to identify vulnerable and symptomatic individuals who are living outside, using a similar process as used in the shelters.
In addition to accommodations in hotels and motels, the County is creating an isolation site for homeless individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. Individuals who are placed at this site will be supported by medical staff and there will be resources on site for them such as food, water, and security.
The following are resources for service agencies providing care for people experiencing homelessness:
- CDC Resources to support people experiencing homelessness (3/22/2020)
- Homebase Response Online Resource Guide (3/27/2020)
Non-congregate and alternative care sites have been established in Sonoma County for those who are at high risk of complications if COVID-19 is contracted as well as those who need a safe shelter that have tested positive for COVID-19 and have mild to moderate symptoms.