Cold Weather Update

Today, at Catholic Charities Cold Weather Update information was provided related to our homeless community including:

  • There are approximately 3,000 homeless people in Sonoma County (two-thirds are unsheltered).
  • There are 213 beds at Sam Jones Homeless Shelter.
  • There are 138 beds at the Family Support Center.
  • There are 26 beds at the Nightingale (cost $300,000 while saving hospitals $3,000,000-4,000,000 annually).
  • 651 individuals were placed in permanent housing this year (95% of those in permanent housing remain in housing).
  • The Drop-in Center now operates 24 hours a day.
  • Homeless populated increased last year by 6% (there was a 35% decrease in homeless population before October’s fires).
  • Note: after a major event, like the October Fires of 2017, there is usually another increase in homeless population the second year (fewer housing options, lost jobs, stress…).

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