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Sonoma County Homeless Court

The Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless, in collaboration with the Sonoma County Superior Court, Volunteer Center, Probation Department, Public Defender, District Attorney, Legal Aid in Sonoma and Marin counties, numerous agencies serving homeless people, and homeless people themselves, initiated a new Sonoma County Homeless Court in 2016.  The Task Force received a grant for this project from Sonoma Wine Country Weekend administered by Community Foundation Sonoma County.

         Anyone who wishes to appear at the Homeless Court to address a citation must associate with and be referred by a service agency (shelter, day center, etc.).  Individuals must have enough history and interaction with the agency prior to the referral for the staff to be able to attest to their progress in reaching their personal life goals. 

        Programs that serve homeless people in Sonoma County and wish to refer one or more clients to the Homeless Court should download and read all of the materials below and submit a Referral Form for (and signed by) each client as instructed on the form itself.  Quarterly scheduled Homeless Court Dates and Referral/Application submission deadlines  are shown below.  Once a Referral/Application is submitted, eligible applicants will be assigned a court date on a first come, first served basis. 

Download forms by clicking here:
Program Design
Flowchart
Notice re Clients with Outstanding Warrants
Flyer for Agency Posting
FAQs

Referral Forms for the Sonoma County Homeless Court may be obtained only by agencies serving local homeless people. Please email Georgia Berland, Homeless Court Program Director, for the form. or if you have a question after reviewing any of these materials, please contact Georgia at gberland@aol.com or 707-431-7559 (10am – 5pm weekdays).

Check out an article (includes audio excerpts) about the new Sonoma County Homeless Court “A More Robust Homeless Court to Debut” on KRCB FM (click here) with Bruce Robinson, aired on April 8, 2016.  

 


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