• Housing — A Personal Journey

    Housing has been a passion for me. As a child, I was aware that the comfort and security I experienced was related to the pleasant home my parents were able to provide. As a young person, I was aware of the distress experienced by others who struggled in poor housing

  • Rep. Mike Thompson and Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco Announce $3.9 Million in Affordable Housing Grants for the 5th Congressional District

    NAPA COUNTY, Calif., June 30, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) and the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLBank San Francisco) announced today that $3.9 million in Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grants have been awarded to help finance

  • Sonoma Planning Commission studies affordable housing project

    Some meetings of the city’s Planning Commission play to an empty house, but that’s not likely to happen this Thursday evening, Sept. 8, with at least two agenda items coming up for discussion that could affect the temper of life in Sonoma: a 49-unit affordable housing c

  • Sonoma County supervisor candidates Noreen Evans, Lynda Hopkins stake out platforms on housing

    From the escalating rents facing tenants to the tight market weighing on home buyers, Sonoma County’s housing crisis is emerging as a dominant issue in the race to replace Efren Carrillo on the Board of Supervisors.

  • Close to Home: Plans to move Redwood Gospel Mission shows disrespect for Roseland

    For decades, Roseland residents have been working hard to improve Roseland. Many have thought the current preliminary efforts for the annexation of Roseland to Santa Rosa, with a Roseland specific plan being done by Santa Rosa city planners, would better their community

  • Thumbs up: Yes on Measure S: Affordable housing in Healdsburg

    Cities throughout the state are struggling to provide housing for middle- and low-income residents. Healdsburg is no exception. Housing is the dominant issue in this year’s election, with all six City Council candidates focused on the topic and a controversial ballot me

  • Top exec of Santa Rosa’s Burbank Housing retires

    After 19-plus years, Charles “Chuck” Cornell retired as president and executive director of Burbank Housing in Sonoma County on Sept 1.

    Cornell announced his planned departure earlier this year. Helen Dunlap has been appointed interim CEO as Burbank Housing ...

  • Close to Home: Pension funds are a bad fit for housing

    In her candidate statement for the November election, Noreen Evans, who is running for 5th District supervisor, has identified $2.3 billion in the Sonoma County Employees Retirement Fund as a source for financing affordable housing.

  • Sonoma County Housing, Crisis and Hope, Part 2

    In Part 1 of this article, published in the August Gazette, I made the case that the desperate condition of housing affordability stems from a variety of public policy decisions. Part 2 identifies some local options for housing success.

  • Petaluma City Manager Addresses Affordable Housing

    PETALUMA, CA - Petaluma City Manager John C. Brown has outlined city programs to address housing affordability is a new letter to the community:

    The cost to rent or buy a home in Petaluma has increased dramatically in recent years. According to Zillow, during the...

  • Deadline crucial for Santa Rosa affordable housing project extended

    A Sonoma County affordable housing project faces a more secure future after the state Legislature moved this week to extend a deadline crucial to the $22 million project, retaining $3.8 million in state funding.

    The project in question, Catalina Townhomes ...

  • Sonoma County puts aside $3.5 million for nonprofit social service programs

    Sonoma County supervisors on Tuesday approved spending $3.5 million in local and federal dollars over the next fiscal year to fund a wide range of projects benefiting disabled, homeless and low-income residents.

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  • Sonoma County officials, builders talk affordable housing

    Calling the lack of affordable housing a crisis, public officials, housing advocates and construction industry leaders gathered Thursday in Santa Rosa to consider how to build new subsidized units in Sonoma County.

    While representatives of all three sectors agreed...

  • Food bank hosts free summer lunches for kids

    For the 12th year in a row, the Redwood Empire Food Bank is hosting their Hunger-Free Summer Lunch Program for Sonoma County children 18 years of age and younger. There is a designated lunchtime at sites around the county and any child who shows up within the time...

  • Santa Rosa City Schools eyes former Water Agency property occupied by homeless protesters

    The Santa Rosa school district is hoping to open a charter school for career and technical education on the West College Avenue site that formerly housed the Sonoma County Water Agency.

    The Santa Rosa City Schools board will meet Tuesday to discuss acquiring the...

  • Funding for Santa Rosa affordable housing project in peril

    As Sonoma County grapples with the lack of affordable housing, one effort to help move some local families into home ownership faces uncertainty due to the aftereffects of the 2008 financial crisis.

    Barring a legislative fix, crucial funding is in jeopardy for the...

  • Visions for Roseland Village project unveiled

    Three preliminary designs for the long-awaited Roseland Village neighborhood development will be publicly released Monday, each a uniquely different stab at a vision of urban renewal that has been raising the hopes of a neglected community for nearly a decade.

  • Residents offer feedback on rival Roseland Village designs

    Scott Johnson of MidPen Housing asked Roseland residents Thursday night to picture themselves as a young person standing in the huge asphalt parking lot in southwest Santa Rosa at Sebastopol Road and West Avenue.

    Speaking in English and Spanish, Johnson invited...

  • PD Editorial: Finding homes for local teachers

    In today’s letters, a reader takes issue with a plan by the Santa Rosa City Schools District to build housing for teachers on a plot of land in Fountaingrove that was set aside long ago for a school. “I believe this is a gross misuse of public funds,” she wrote...

  • Sonoma County may seek development proposals for former Sutter Hospital site

    Sonoma County supervisors are eyeing a major transformation of the former Sutter Hospital site in the hills of eastern Santa Rosa into a mixed-use housing development that could potentially bring hundreds of new units onto the market.

    The Board of Supervisors is ...

  • Home-building permits drop in Sonoma County in 2015

    Sonoma County home builders suffered through another slow year in 2015, but building officials and others insist construction activity will increase markedly this year.

    County builders took out permits for just 442 new houses, apartments and condominiums last year...

  • Burbank Housing executive director Chuck Cornell to retire

    Burbank Housing Executive Director Charles A. (Chuck) Cornell announced Thursday he will retire later this year.

    The Santa Rosa nonprofit housing development agency, which manages 2,800 rental units in Sonoma County, will conduct a search for his replacement.

  • Healdsburg panel to discuss affordable housing crunch in Sonoma County

    A panel of housing experts is expected to lend a ground-level view Thursday in Healdsburg to the question dogging local governments: What does it take to build more affordable housing?

    The moderated discussion with five developers from both the profit and nonprofit..

  • Homeless in Sonoma County

    Soon after my first election, an issue that came to my attention was a request for funding for the emergency shelter at the Guerneville Veteran’s Building. Upon reviewing the situation, it was clear that the shelter was primarily a community effort by local residents..

  • Roseland sets low-income unit construction

    A long-planned 79-unit low-income unit housing complex in Roseland is expected to break ground in August after the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors this week approved a much-needed $300,000 investment, the final installment needed to start construction...



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