According to the 2018 Point-In-Time Homeless Census and Survey, at least 33 young people are homeless in Rohnert Park right now. Much like in Petaluma, young people experiencing homelessness in Rohnert Park-Cotati face unique geographical challenges when it comes to accessing services. Many young people are currently residing in the outskirts of Rohnert Park in hard to reach areas for our staff. As other areas in southern Sonoma County have worked to minimize the visibility of their homeless populations, Rohnert Park has experienced an increase in the homeless population residing in its boundaries. This year, the number of young people experiencing homelessness in Rohnert Park increased by 39%.
Seven years ago, SAY partnered with the Cotati Police Department to assist on a human trafficking case that highlighted a need for dedicated services for minors and transitional aged youth being trafficked. This was the catalyst for our human trafficking work today.
How SAY Helps in Rohnert Park:
- 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.
- The Street Outreach Team partners closely with Rancho Cotate High School to provide supports and referrals to students struggling in school or at home
- Rancho Cotate High School
- Child Parent Institute (CPI)