Sep
10

What NOT to do

You study LA, SF, or Seattle’s homeless problem not to see what to do but what NOT to do and learn from their mistakes. LA. Homelessness has risen 12.7% from last year despite over $400M spent yearly by the City. Prop HHH promised over a BILLION dollars for homeless housing. “Nearly four years after voters […]

Aug
25

How Many Homeless Programs and Policies Since 2007? Let Us Count The Ways.

Attached below this post is a public comment made to the Home Sonoma Leadership Council by an expert in homeless provider programs and systems who also has intimate knowledge of our local problems.  Key takeaways? Sonoma County has attempted to deploy numerous programs to “end homelessness” for the past 13 years. They tout a “35% […]

Aug
08

So What’s Your Solution?

“So what’s your solution?” We hear that in CAN a lot, as if all we do is complain and not offer any solutions. We’ve pushed for transparency and accountability. Made suggestions that were ignored. Others offer simplistic “feel good” things that sound great but don’t address the underlying problems. Fact is we won’t end homelessness […]

Jul
18

This 5 Year Experiment Should Come To An End

5 years. $150M spent. Housing First policies with no preconditions. The Board of Supervisors and SR City Council pledge bold action. Read these articles from 2015. Notice the language. Notice the problems cited. Notice all the promises and ideas put forth. 5 years ago they were spending $20M a year. 5 years ago they started […]

Jul
18

Point in Time Count and the Economy

  Get ready for another round of politicians and people on social media crowing about how “we’ve reduced” homelessness significantly, including a 7% drop from 2019 to 2020! See that huge drop from 2013 to 2015? That’s where the vast majority of reduction happened. We didn’t start the yearly count until 2015, before that it […]

May
28

Ending Homelessness-Sonoma County Report Card

One thing that hasn’t been posted much about in detail here at CAN is this, how successful is Sonoma County and the City of Santa Rosa actually getting and keeping people in permanent housing? Housing first is the mantra. The key they say to “ending homelessness” is housing, housing, housing. OK so how are we […]

Feb
19

National Homeless Information Project

This information is important enough to post in its entirety.  Credit: NHIP email list. Author: Michael Ullman, Ph.D.  https://www.nhipdata.org/ Pay particular attention to #2, #4, and #6. Locally we need: Better data that’s verifiable and more accurate. Stop spreading the myth that high rents and housing prices cause homelessness. We’ll never “end” homelessness so “10-year […]

Feb
19

Unsheltered homeless are suffering from mental, drug, and chronic health issues.

  “75% of unsheltered homeless report a substance abuse condition”. “78% of unsheltered homeless report mental health conditions”. “50% of unsheltered homeless exhibit tri morbidity”, which means they have a substance abuse problem, a mental health condition, AND a chronic health problem such as hepatitis C. The vast majority of homeless people you see out […]

Feb
16

“Ending” Homelessness. Myths, Misconceptions, and Playing Fast and Loose with Data.

For any community to truly make a meaningful dent in reducing the homeless population, we have to first recognize that much of what is presented to the public is not accurate.  Article after article. Social media post after another trumpets “success” of one location or another that “ended veteran homelessness” or “we’ve reached functional zero” […]

Feb
13

Compassion with Accountability

“Compassion with accountability”. Another CAN! tenet since day one. A truly effective solution to current crisis MUST have: A. Subject matter experts, not volunteers with ideas based off of one tiny village or one program in another state. Serving unsheltered individuals requires targeted outreach and expertise, not wishful thinking. B. Strong program management with follow […]

Feb
13

Where do we go? What do we do?

We know we have a huge problem on our hands in Sonoma County related to homelessness. We’ve shown that 10s of millions of dollars are spent yearly with virtually no improvement. We’ve shown that people who need help are not being served adequately. We’ve shown that a small percentage of people are responsible for the […]

Feb
03

FINLAND “ENDS HOMELESSNESS”

You see headlines like that frequently. Investigative journalism where there’s fact checking and verification is an endangered species. https://scoop.me/housing-first-finland-homelessness/?fbclid=IwAR0x7S9sbLotMwX5ZosTA0BTmTqbYpau7-FLXk4vWlIUdzdqrOXSjZbsLc4 Well first off the article is terrible. Their headline is not only misleading, but completely false. Finland has NOT ended homelessness. Helsinki, their capital, however has managed to almost entirely remove people from sleeping on the […]

Jan
31

Point-in-Time Homeless Census. How we count. Who we count. What is asked.

Lot of confusion on what exactly the point-in-time census is and what information if produces. There’s a separate survey that is done that gives the county the demographic data.  The PIT census is simply a one-time mass head count to try and get a reasonable picture of who’s sleeping unsheltered and who is in emergency […]

Jan
31

Crime Stats for Joe Rodota Trail

Santa Rosa Police Dept arrest log on and around Joe Rodota Trail from Jul-Dec 2019. Source: Summary report presented to the Board of Supervisors Jan 14th, 2020.  SOURCE DOCUMENT

Jan
28

Updated Complete List of Homelessness Funding for Sonoma County

UPDATED COMPLETE LIST OF CITY AND COUNTY HOMELESSNESS FUNDING AND INFO. Concentration on the years 2015 to 2019. This is the beginnings locally of “housing first” and the coordinated entry system of homeless services management. A lot has changed since I first started researching and compiling data for this project. At first the focus was […]

Jan
19
Jan
19

Those Who Do Not Learn History are Doomed to Repeat it

Want to know where we are headed? Let me tell you a little story about a beautiful place called Portland. Facing more and more people suffering outside sleeping in makeshift tents under freeway overpasses, bridges, and on city streets, local leaders were alarmed at the growing humanitarian crisis. Businesses suffered loss of income from thefts, […]

Jan
02

Together We CAN!

CAN! is a nonpartisan group that was formed by concerned citizens of Santa Rosa. For over a decade now, the city of Santa Rosa has be sliding into a state of growing vagrancy and infrastructure decay. From crumbling streets throughout the city that resemble roads of many 3rd world countries to trash and weeds in […]