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The purpose of the Reach for Home Transitional Housing Program is to provide opportunities and support for Participants to work toward self-sufficiency, independence and permanent housing. Participants work with a Program Manager to help them access resources and services that will help them make necessary changes in their lives. Further, the Program offers Participants the opportunity to develop a good credit history and positive rental history, to gain self-confidence and to become self-sufficient.

North Sonoma County Services Expands Services for the Homeless

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North Sonoma County Services Expands Services for the Homeless

Colleen Carmichael

NEW NAME,  Reach for Home,  better conveys their mission to help people with housing.

By Jeffrey Scott

Effective May 13, non-profit agency North Sonoma County Services (www.northsonomacountyservices.com/) will be known as Reach for Home as it ramps up fundraising to assist homeless individuals and families. The new name, along with a new logo, are designed to more effectively convey the Reach for Home mission to help people in the area who are struggling with, or are at risk of, losing housing.

Reach for Home will formally launch its new identity at the second annual exhibit of student artwork on homelessness at the Paul Mahder Gallery on May 13 at 5:00 pm. Research found the previous name was an impediment to public awareness and fundraising for critical homeless services.

Homelessness in Sonoma County is three times higher than the national rate for similar regions. According to the 2016 Sonoma County Homeless Census and Survey, nearly 3,000 adults and children live in Sonoma County without stable housing.

Sixty-seven percent of the area’s homeless cited high rent as a reason why they could not obtain stable housing. The cost of housing in Sonoma County is 59% higher than the national average. Newly released guidelines from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development show a family of four in Santa Rosa is classified as “low-income” if the annual household income is below $70,500.

The Reach for Home team with the new logo.

The Reach for Home team with the new logo.

“Today our Outreach team serves approximately 220 people daily. They deliver food, emergency equipment and supplies, assist in arranging and providing transportation to medical appointments, and offer guidance on solving crisis situations,” said Tom Hartfield, Board Chair, Reach for Home. “For people without housing, the need for assistance is urgent. In collaboration with the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS - Committee on the Shelterless - COTS) we’ve placed 24 families in the Family Transitional and Rapid Re-Housing programs over the past year. We would like to do so much more. With the help of residents and public and private partnerships, so much is possible.”

“Behind all the statistics are real individuals and families. Our new identity highlights the success people can achieve when they engage in action plans and work hard for positive outcomes, especially learning the life skills needed to attain permanent housing and independence,” said Reach for Home’s Executive Director Colleen Carmichael.

She added, “In early 2017 we received a private grant to conduct stakeholder research and make bold moves based on the results. We learned that although our team is perceived as dedicated and effective, we are challenged by a tendency in the community to deny the existence of the homeless problem along with confusion about our name and a lack of awareness about what we do. This combination limited our ability to raise funds and carry out our programs.”

More information about Reach for Home is available at www.reachforhome.org. Reach for Home is based in Healdsburg. 

See the original article in the North Sonoma Gazette here.