According to the 2018 Point-In-Time Homeless Census and Survey, at least 431 youth are homeless in Santa Rosa right now. Santa Rosa is home to the densest population of youth homelessness in our county. While it is also the seat of the county and home to many service providers, the pressures of affordable housing inventory presents extreme challenges to youth.
Young people experiencing homelessness in Santa Rosa tend to be 21-24 years of age and are typically couch surfing or living out of unregistered cars because the streets have proven to be extremely unsafe. Our staff note that many of the young people they encounter experiencing homelessness in Santa Rosa are working multiple jobs, but cannot meet the income requirement of 3x monthly rent to be eligible for housing.
How SAY Helps in Santa Rosa:
- SAY’s three facilities are located in Santa Rosa. The SAY Finley Dream Center, our main base of operations for the agency, includes the SAY Counseling Clinic for youth ages 5-24 and their families; the John Jordan Career Hub, a drop in center for youth ages 12-24 that need support connecting to employment and education; the only emergency shelter for 18-24 year olds between San Francisco and the Oregon border; and long term affordable housing for 18-24 year olds. Our second facility, Tamayo Village, is a housing program in partnership with Burbank Housing for 18-24 year olds that pairs affordable housing with supportive services for residents. Our third facility, Dr. Coffee House Teen Shelter, is located in downtown Santa Rosa and serves as a drop-in center for any 12-24 year old that needs services, as well as a runaway shelter for minors 18 and under who need a safe place to stay.
- Our Street Outreach Team spends one day a week connecting with young people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness by addressing their most immediate needs, including housing support, hygiene supplies, food, and referrals to key services. Additionally, they provide drop-in hours twice per week at the Dream Center to any young person needing assistance with housing, counseling, and career services.
- Our Counseling Department provides school-based mental health services in 22 Santa Rosa City Schools from elementary to high school.
- Our Careers Department provides College & Career Readiness services in all Santa Rosa City High Schools and connects students in the schools to SAY’s specialized case management services based on need.
Top Service Partners in Santa Rosa:
- Catholic Charities
- Burbank Housing
- Santa Rosa City Schools
|Participant Name||Event Name||Amount|
|Keith Becker||One Cold Night 2018||
|Dave Fahrner||One Cold Night 2018||
|Megan Melendez||One Cold Night 2018||
|Laura Doty||One Cold Night 2018||
|Brett Wilmes||One Cold Night 2018||
|Kristine Burk||One Cold Night 2018||
|Ernest Berghof||One Cold Night 2018||
|Trevor Codington||One Cold Night 2018||
|Julia Marble||One Cold Night 2018||
|Keith Roberts||One Cold Night 2018||