December 2021 Homeless Action Sonoma Newsletter
First: We Now Own the Property!!!!
Second: We Have a Signed Contract with Quick Haven for the tiny houses!
Third: We Have a Construction Contractor Ready to Start Work!
Fourth: We Have An Engineering Firm Ready to Go!
Fifth: We Even Have A Timeline. If all goes as planned our first clients housed before Christmas.
Sixth: We have a hairdresser willing to come on some Sundays and give haircuts. A Huge Thank You to Yolanda Contreras.
Seventh: We are now an AmazonSmile Non Profit! This means when you shop online through Amazon you can designate Homeless Action Sonoma as the Non-Profit to receive donations based on your spending. So next time you are on Amazon select AmazonSmile under your account and select Homeless Action Sonoma as your charity. There is no cost to you.
There are 15 homeless people who have signed up for Thanksgiving dinner so I will be picking up dinners from the Community Center and bringing them to Maxwell Park around 3 PM so those with no where to go for dinner can meet and have a lovely meal.
We will learn on December 7th if and how much we will get from the County Grant we have applied for. We are working around the clock with Homekey, the State Grant available for eliminating homelessness. We have a great team and are very hopeful that we can get through this process in a timely manner. That will give us money in March to work on the transitional facility. Wow, it is all becoming real.
How Can you Help?
Property Clean Up: Saturday, November 27th we are having a “clean up the property” event. Starting at 10 AM. Need a truck or two to go to the dumps. There is some garbage and mostly brush that needs to be cleared. The project manager will be there with pictures and diagrams and will explain in detail the plans for the winter shelter and transitional facility. Everyone is welcome. If enough volunteers show up it should take about 1 hour for the clean up. We will have coffee and pastries available to keep you going!
Pay for a Quick Haven House: You can pay for one or more of the 18 Quick Haven houses we plan for this winter.. Each house cost $13,500. You can also buy part of a house. If you buy one you can name it!!!
Furnish the Inside: We are also looking for money to furnish the inside of each house. The cost is about $600 to provide a bed, bedding, chair, desk, lamp, TV, and a small heater.
Support Sunday Dinners: We are having the Sunday Dinners at La Luz now and they are growing. We need a guest chef or two. They are costing about $200/week now and we are serving 20-50 people each Sunday. It is a fun evening and we make all the latest details on the construction available. We can also use food donations if you just want to make a dish and drop it off. We can always use appetizers and desserts. If you want to donate or help with meals please contact me for details.
Provide Warm Clothing: Winter is closing in, the need for warm clothing, socks and underwear is big. You can either drop them at my house or bring them by La Luz on Sunday and have dinner with us.
Distribute Our Brochures: We now have brochures both in English and Spanish. We could use a few more people to take them around and distribute. We need to canvas the neighborhood near our property as being good neighbors is essential. As we have always believed it will take the community to make this a success. To help with brochures call Valli or visit at the office over the Sebastiani Theatre. (enter through real estate office and go upstairs,) You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Closing: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. There has been so many hoops to jump through and unbelievable issues as we grow and become more and more successful. What started out a dream, not long ago is becoming a reality. I am almost able to imagine we are that magical community that ends homelessness!! It can’t be done without you. Thank you,
Homeless Action Sonoma, Inc.
November Homeless Action Sonoma Newsletter
Wow, November is upon us and until a week ago winter felt stalled with no rain, then the skies opened up.
First: THE BIG THING is that the County has unanimously voted to be our sponsoring entity for Homekey funding. This could potentially fund our facility for the next 4 years. Our grant writer is working around the clock to get our application in with lots of help from the state, County, and team. Does anyone have any experience with grant proposals? If so let me know, it is a daunting job.
Second: We have been working closely with the County to expedite the process for winter shelter. MIG, Inc. from Berkeley has signed on to help us with outreach, planning and permitting, as well as working with Homekey.
Third: We have reached an agreement with the property seller and should close escrow maybe tomorrow or the next day, how exciting!
Fourth: We have a contract with Quick Haven Houses to start delivery as soon as the property is graded and fenced. Can’t happen soon enough for the unhoused with winter weather upon us.
Now For the BIG picture.
Many people got washed out in the rains. We always need warm socks. We will need 18 single mattresses, pillows, and considering bunk beds (sleep up and storage under or sleep under and storage up.) We will be talking to the people who have signed up for the shelters and asking type furnishings they would like to have. When I know I get this data I will put it out there.
Volunteer Services We Can Use.
We will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony in the near future followed by a lot cleanup day involving the community. We will need a lot of volunteers for the cleanup and trucks to make dump runs. If this is to work, we will need to pull together.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Homeless Action Sonoma, Inc.