Santa Rosa City Council to Review Homeless Services, Policies

By Bay City News Service

Santa Rosa, the Bay Area’s fifth most populous city, will review existing and proposed homeless service programs this week. 

The Santa Rosa City Council will hold a homeless study session during its meeting Tuesday.

The proposals include adding a safe parking program — public or private residential property where people can live in their vehicles — and establishing more homeless shelters throughout the city.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the city expanded emergency shelters and created its safe social distancing program, a program where homeless people could camp in a community center parking lot to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

In 2020, Sonoma County’s homeless population was 2,745, according to the county’s 2020 homeless census report.

The Santa Rosa City Council provided a similar study session to review homeless services programs during a meeting last July.

Tuesday’s city council meeting begins at 1:30 pm.

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