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7A Transitional Housing

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California Human Development Corporation
Sonoma County Community Services 707-433-6652
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Committee on the Shelterless (COTS)
Mary Isaak Center 707-765-6530
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Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County
Sloan House 707-569-0615

7B Housing Information

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California Rural Legal Assistance Inc
California Rural Legal Assistance-Santa Rosa 707-528-9941
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Legal Aid of Sonoma County
Eviction Assistance 707-542-1290
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Petaluma People Services Center
Fair Housing of Sonoma County 707-765-8488
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Petaluma People Services Center
Fair Housing Tenant/Landlord Education and Mediation 707-765-8488
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Petaluma People Services Center
SHARE Sonoma County - Shared Housing and Resource Exchange 707-477-2759
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Recourse-Redwood Empire Conflict Resolution
Recourse Mediation Services 707-525-8545
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Sonoma County Community Development Commission
- Affordable Housing - Homelessness - Housing Assistance for County Employees - Housing and Rehabilitation Loans - Mobile Home Program - Rental Assistance 707-565-7500 TDD: 707-565-7555
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Tenants Together
Tenants Together 415-495-8100
Housing

Housing

With a less-than-1% vacancy rate, finding housing in Sonoma County can be very challenging. The following list includes some things to consider when searching for housing:

  • Check your local, low-income housing inventory and apply to their properties and wait lists.
  • Apply for Section 8 – a housing assistance program for low-income households – in your city and/or county.
  • Treat your housing search like an employment search; create a rental packet that includes a rental resume (complete with your rental history, basic information, references, etc.), a cover letter to introduce yourself and highlight traits that make you a desirable tenant, current credit report, income statements, and letters of reference.
  • Search on-line sites and network with family, friends, and social groups.
  • Act quickly and be responsive! There is a lot of competition in today’s housing market, which means you need to be ready to respond quickly to potential landlords.
  • Consider a share rental or adding a roommate to your household. Shared rentals can be more affordable and easier to locate than traditional housing in some areas.
  • Get help! There are some government programs and local non-profit organizations that can assist with providing rental assistance and paying security deposits.
  • Know your rights! If you are served with a 3-day, 30, 60, or 90-day notice to move, seek legal advice immediately. If you cannot afford legal assistance, there are local, non-profit groups that can assist you.