Sonoma County may make homeless site near Oakmont permanent

3 July 2020

Photo by Robbi Pengelly / Index-Tribune

A pop-up homeless shelter once envisioned as a temporary site on Santa Rosa’s eastern flank could soon be designated a permanent fixture at the Los Guilicos Juvenile Justice Center campus.

Sonoma County supervisors will discuss the sanctioned encampment at their Tuesday meeting, and Chair Susan Gorin said the board will most likely be asked by county staff to make the camp permanent, a move that if approved would break a promise to residents of the nearby Oakmont Village senior community.

Gorin, who represents the area, stands ready to oppose a permanent encampment, and Supervisor Shirlee Zane, who supports it, said she expects there will be pushback from neighbors.

“We will have people who will oppose it, and who will oppose it in a very passionate manner,” Zane said. “The onus is on us to demonstrate that this is a positive thing.”

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