According to the 2018 Point-In-Time Homeless Census and Survey, at least 68 young people are homeless in West County right now. Young people experiencing homelessness in the Russian River area and West County have unique and multiple needs for safety net services like Social Advocates for Youth. High numbers of youth in this area identify as LGBTQ+, a factor which often leads to increased disconnection from positive adult relationships. The rural environment, transportation challenges and lack of affordable housing units require services that are tailored to meet these unique needs.
Additionally, young people in West County are often coming from generational homelessness and poverty. The lack of employment and development opportunities make it difficult for young people to stay in their community and make progress toward shifting their life trajectory.
How SAY Helps in West County:
- 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.
- Our Counseling Department provides no-cost grief services at one middle school in Sebastopol, including grief groups for students, education support regarding grief for parents and caregivers, and training school staff on how to identify and support a grieving students.
- Our Counseling Department Provides school-based mental health services at The REACH Charter School
- Our Housing Department is part of a collective of service providers in the lower Russian River area to provide specialized and targeted housing services to youth ages 18-24 in this area, including working with entire families to house a young person in the family’s home, work on increasing income and providing crisis case management to support the entire family with tools to handle life’s challenges.
Top Service Partners in West County:
- West County Community Services
- West County Health Center
|Participant Name||Event Name||Amount|
|Matt Brewer||One Cold Night 2018||
|Katrina Thurman||One Cold Night 2018||
|Jenny Tamayo||One Cold Night 2018||
|Eric Koenigshofer||One Cold Night 2018||
|Amie Windsor||One Cold Night 2018||
|Neysa Hinton||One Cold Night 2018||
|Troy Niday||One Cold Night 2018||
|Algeo Casul||One Cold Night 2018||
|Lana McNamara||One Cold Night 2018||
|Samantha Mineo||One Cold Night 2018||