Mission & Goals

MISSION

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.

2013 PROGRAM GOALS & ACTIVITIES

IN PURSUIT OF OUR MISSION:

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).
°  Foster integrated, more effective services to assist, motivate, and stabilize chronically intoxicated people.
°  Identify & Coordinate to Address at least three System Needs or Gaps to assure Homeless people’s access to integrated care.

FACILITATED HOUSING

°  Support Community Housing Sonoma County on Rehabilitation, Development, and Implementation of Permanent Supportive Housing on Guerneville Road Property Donated by Luther Burbank Savings, Facilitated by the Task Force.
°  Identify & Follow Up on New Opportunities to create Permanent Supportive and Affordable Housing As Appropriate to the Task Force Mission and Capacity.

COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT (NEW)

°  Support Emergency Shelter Expansion Efforts Coordinating with Service Agencies.
°  Continue to Coordinate with & Support CHOW, CofC Committees (MH/AODS), Front Door Assessment, etc), Occupy, HAG, Service Agencies, and Advocates as Appropriate to the Task Force Mission and Capacity.
°  Continue to Explore Implementation of Homeless Court Program.

EMERGENCY FOOD & SHELTER PROGRAM

°  Complete Phase 30 State Set Aside and National Board Reallocation Funding, Solicit, Review, Submit Phase 30 Final Reports.  Secure & Administer Phase 31 Funds, Oversee Allocations, Create, Review, & Submit Reports, Support Local Board, Applicants and Funded agencies.

ADVOCACY

°  Monitor & support appropriate policies & legislation at all levels of government, including passage of the California Homes and Jobs Act, and the Homeless Bill of Rights, and adequate Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funding by Congress.
°  Assist, as appropriate and within Task Force Capacity, to Facilitate Collaborative Solutions to Homelessness-Related Neighborhood or Community Issues on Request.

EDUCATION/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

°  General Meetings – Survey participants and adapt meetings/discussions to the needs and interests of attendees.

°  Reporter Newsletter – Produce at least two issues.

°  Web Site – Monitor, update and post new material on our updated website as needed.  Enhance security and continue to add features and information as needed.

°  Speaking Engagements/Media Appearances – at least 2, 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.

°  Respond to requests for information and support as appropriate and possible within Task Force capacity – e.g., Agencies, Cities, County, Occupy, other counties).

INFORMATION & REFERRAL

   Resource Guides

°  Print, distribute remaining English & Spanish 2012-13 editions.  Provide ongoing updates to web edition. Prepare 2014-15 Guide.

   Respond to telephone & e-mail referral requests

°   Maintain a half-time office presence, except for the offsite requirements  of the Winter Warmth program.

WINTER WARMTH

°   Collect, sort, store, and distribute at least 4500 winter survival items for the 2012-13 Season.  (5246 distributed for 2012-13; 3940 for 2011-12 Season; 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.

VOICEMAIL

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