Mission & Goals


The Mission of the Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless  is to end homelessness in Sonoma County by acting as a catalyst and leadership resource, bringing the community together to:

  • promote affordable housing,
  • prevent homelessness, and
  • assist people who are homeless.



Health Care for the Homeless Collaborative

  • Maintain, Support, and Coordinate the Health Care for the Homeless Collaborative
  • Continue to Support Programs Originated by the HCHC (Care Transitions, Respite
  • Coordinate establishment of a Sonoma County Serial Inebriate Program to assist, motivate, and stabilize chronically intoxicated people.
  • Continue to convene confidential Interdisciplinary Client Support Conferences, conferring to guide intervention in at least 9 complex client situations


  • Identify & Follow Up on New Opportunities to Support the Development of Permanent Supportive and Affordable Housing As Appropriate to the Task Force Mission and Capacity.

Collaborative Program Development (new)

  • Coordinate with Homeless Action!, Elder Adults for Community Health, Health Action, Service Providers, the Continuum of Care, City and County jurisdictions, and other Community Partners to:
  • Increase the Amount of Indoor Temporary Emergency Shelter Space
  • Decriminalize Homelessness by allowing a legal option for those forced to remain outside for lack of housing and shelter space.
  • Continue to Coordinate with & Support CHOW, the Continuum of Care and its Coordinated Intake process, Service Agencies, and Advocates as Appropriate to the Task Force Mission and Capacity.
  • Work with Service Providers and the Courts Establish a Revitalized Homeless Court Program.
  • Encourage Input from Homeless People in the Development of Programs Meant to Serve Them.

Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)

  • Chair EFSP Local Board and Administer EFSP Funding Process: Secure & Administer Phases 31- 33 Funds, Oversee Allocations, Create, Review, & Submit Reports, Support Local Board, Applicants, and Local Recipient Organizations. Complete Phase 32 (2014 State Set Aside Application when RFP is issued (could be 2014), Chair Funding Allocations and Submit the Local Board Plan. Solicit, Review, and Submit Phase 31 Final Reports when instructions are issued by the National Board.


  • Monitor & support appropriate policies & legislation at all levels of government, including Congressional Allocation of adequate Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funding.
  • Assist, as appropriate and within Task Force Capacity, to Facilitate Collaborative Solutions to Homelessness-Related Neighborhood or Community Issues on Request.
  • Monitor and support the identification and use of properties that have the potential for                 conversion to residential use.

Education/Community Involvement:

  • General Meetings – Continue to hold public General Meetings monthly, adapting the topics and format to the needs and interests of attendees.
  • Reporter Newsletter– Produce at least two issues. Explore the possibility of including advertisements.
  • Web Site – Monitor, update and post new material on our updated website as needed. Continue to add features and information as needed. Explore advertisements.
  • Speaking Engagements/Media Appearances – Make at least 5 presentations or media appearances, highlighting current homelessness issues and/or Task Force activities and accomplishments
  • Spirit Awards – Continue to assure recognition of outstanding service through the Spirit of Service and Spirit of Community Awards.

Information & Referral

Resource Guides:

  • Distribute 2014-15 English & Spanish editions. Provide ongoing updates to our web edition. Prepare and Print an updated edition before June 30, 2015.
  • Respond to telephone & e-mail referral requests
  • Maintain a 7-hour/day office presence through August of 2015, except for the offsite requirements of the Winter Warmth program.

Collaboration/Coordination (in addition to HCHC, Housing & other listed programs):

  • Respond to requests for information and support as appropriate and possible within Task Force capacity for Agencies, Cities, County, Business and Community Groups, state and national groups, and other counties)

Winter Warmth

  • Renegotiate contract with Dept. of Health for future use of Winter Warmth Distribution Site.
  • Collect, sort, store, and distribute at least 5000 winter survival items for the 2014-15 Season and the same number for the 2015-16 Season. (c.2790 items distributed so far to Dec. 17 with one more distribution in 2014, 5139 items distributed in 2013-14; 5249 distributed in 2012-13; 3940 in 2011-12; 3718 for 2010-11 Season; 2666 for 2009-10; 1534 for 2008-09).
    •  Collaborate with at least 30 service organizations to distribute WW items.
    •  Build and continue service partnerships with at least 30 donor organizations and individuals.


  • Assure that all phone bills are paid and that agencies are familiar with and effectively utilizing the program.