Sonoma County advances bid to purchase hotel for homeless quarters

10 July 2020

Kent Porter / The Press Democrat

Sonoma County on Thursday agreed to to take a closer look at the potential purchase of a 42-room hotel in downtown Santa Rosa that would be modified and used to house the area’s COVID-vulnerable homeless population.

The decision comes as county officials respond to Sonoma State University’s refusal to allow the county to continue housing unsheltered people in student dorms.

In a closed-door session Thursday afternoon, the Board of Supervisors agreed to advance to the “due diligence” phase of negotiations, said Barbie Robinson, director of health services and interim executive director of the Community Development Commission, the county’s lead agency on homelessness. That will allow county employees to take a closer look at Hotel Azura at College and Mendocino avenues.

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