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Battling the Issue of Homelessness in Sonoma County
by Shaila
Tuesday Nov 30th, 2021 10:25 PM
This discusses what exactly needs to happen in order to ensure better success when housing the homeless in Sonoma County.
Homelessness in Sonoma County is an extremely important issue that the community is facing. Individuals are struggling to find affordable housing and the resources they might need to help conquer the situation that they are in. Over 2,500 people in Sonoma County are battling homelessness due to a variety of contributing factors but most importantly, a lack of funding. The lack of funding to aid the homeless population is one of the main drawbacks that prevents a more successful outcome to help house homeless individuals.

The funding that is given to aid the homeless population should not only be used to build units and homes to house all of those who are struggling with homelessess, but to also provide services that might help them with housing for a longer term solution. Resources that include programs which deal with mental health issues or people battling addiction (just two examples) is a great starting point. Understanding the initial cause of homelessness and then to provide the necessary support needed, will help them out of their situation is essential. Doing this will be much more successful because analyzing the problem first is necessary to make sure homeless individuals will have the necessities to be housed long term. Ultimately, more funding, resources, services, and community support, will ensure better housing for the homeless population and housing homeless individuals will most likely be implemented much more efficiently.
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