Housing Blog

Explaining the Housing First Model

Like many com­mu­ni­ties up and down the West Coast, Sono­ma Coun­ty is expe­ri­enc­ing very high rates of home­less­ness. In dis­cus­sions of solu­tions for this issue, you’ll often hear the term “Hous­ing First.”

Pat Jones Helps Our Unhoused Neighbors

Pat Jones has had the kind of expe­ri­ence nec­es­sary to man­age the WCCS Emer­gency Shel­ter for the home­less in Guerneville. She has been doing out­reach work for home­less vet­er­ans for twen­ty years.

Generous Volunteers Serve Dinner at the Winter Shelter

The WCCS Emer­gency Win­ter Shel­ter in Guerneville is open 120 nights for four months from Decem­ber through March. Crews of com­mu­ni­ty vol­un­teers cook and serve a warm meal each night for the shelter’s vis­i­tors.

The Emergency Shelter Has Opened for the Winter

Dan­nielle Dan­forth, Direc­tor of Hous­ing and Home­less Ser­vices for West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices, opened the Emer­gency Shel­ter for the home­less at the Vet­er­ans Hall in Guerneville on Sat­ur­day, Decem­ber 2.

Paulette Brings her Dazzling Smile and Caring Strength to Park Village

Since July of this year, West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices (WCCS) has begun plac­ing a total of eight mobile liv­ing units for home­less fam­i­lies and indi­vid­u­als in Park Vil­lage in Sebastopol. To date, two home­less fam­i­lies and two home­less per­sons have been placed in four of the new­ly added liv­ing units in the Park.

Park Village Housing Project Success Story

WCCS has housed its first four pre­vi­ous­ly home­less fam­i­lies in qual­i­ty used RVs in Sebastopol’s Park Vil­lage. Two addi­tion­al RV’s are now on site and already iden­ti­fied fam­i­lies or indi­vid­u­als will move in by mid-Novem­ber. Park Vil­lage is a joint ven­ture with the City…

Wine Country Fire Community Support

For Sono­ma Coun­ty res­i­dents dis­placed by the fires and re-locat­ing to West Coun­ty, West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices stands ready to pro­vide the fol­low­ing sup­port to our neigh­bors in need:

News from the County

It’s back to the draw­ing board for plans to pur­chase a five-bed­­room home in Guerneville to be used as per­ma­nent sup­port­ive hous­ing for for­mer­ly home­less indi­vid­u­als. The County’s due dili­gence process includes an appraisal, and the Coun­ty says the appraisal results don’t sup­port the pro­posed pur­chase price. Here’s the offi­cial state­ment.

Housing: Notice of Public Hearing

The Sono­ma Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee will hold a pub­lic hear­ing to iden­ti­fy hous­ing and com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment needs and pri­or­i­ties and review the pro­posed Fis­cal Year 2018–2019 Cap­i­tal Projects and Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Fed­er­al Fund­ing Poli­cies for…

Housing and Helath

There’s a clear rela­tion­ship between good hous­ing and good health. Want to learn more?

Coordinated Entry : Services for the Homeless

Coor­di­nat­ed Entry. This is now the entry point for most hous­ing and home­less ser­vices.” Dan­nielle Dan­forth, WCCS Direc­tor of Hous­ing and Home­less Ser­vices

Night Out at Fife Commons

Shel­li Hendry, the Bur­bank Hous­ing Prop­er­ty Man­ag­er of the Fife Creek Com­mons, with help from Res­i­dent Ser­vices Coor­di­na­tor Phillip Tapia-WCCS, host­ed a Nation­al Night Out event at the Com­mons on Tues­day, August 1st. The pur­pose of the Night-Out event is to build more…

500 Ways to Care

The crowd was moti­vat­ed by con­cern for the home­less, the school chil­dren, the less-advan­­taged, the com­mu­ni­ty…

New Partnership to House Homeless Families in Sebastopol

The Sebastopol City Coun­cil on March 21 approved an agree­ment to part­ner with West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices and afford­able hous­ing advo­ca­cy orga­ni­za­tion Group of Advo­cates to begin pro­vid­ing hous­ing and sup­port­ive ser­vices to 65 cur­rent res­i­dents of Vil­lage Mobile Home Park, as well as for an addi­tion­al eight home­less or pre­car­i­ous­ly housed Sebastopol-area fam­i­lies.

River Angels at Work

In the midst of the storm, Dian­na, Paulette, and Joanie serve up din­ner at the WCCS Emer­gency Cen­ter in Guerneville.