“I had been homeless with my daughter for almost 2 years. Now we have a home where we can sleep and get up without the fear that we may not have a place to sleep for the next night. I just want to let you guys know how much hope, relief and security your program gives a woman such as myself in a situation that most don’t seem to understand. The HCA Family Fund gives families security within their homes.” –Terry W.
Problem Statement: It was estimated that there was less than 1% of housing availability in Sonoma County in 2016. It was noted in the “Portrait of Sonoma County 2014” that about one in eight people (12%) in the county live below the poverty line. Nearly half of all households (46%) spend more than 30% of their income on housing. According to RealtyTrac data 2016, Sonoma County ranks in the top ten of least affordable places to live in the entire country. It was estimated that it would take 82% of the average Sonoma County resident’s salary to afford mortgage payments on the median house in the County. It was also reported that from 2010 to 2014, Sonoma County’s median renter income dropped by 9% and median rents increased by 17%, according to the California Housing Partnership.
Goal of the Program: The Fund is designed to assist individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless with once in a lifetime assistance combined with financial coaching to empower the participant in creating a household budget, develop skills necessary to manage a household, and learn the importance of saving.
In order to qualify for rental assistance you must meet the following minimum requirements:
If you meet the initial intake requirements, you may be invited to attend the workshop and complete the full application. Meeting initial requirements is not a guarantee of approval.
Additional requirements must be met before final application approval and is dependent upon the number of qualified applicants and funding amounts available.
In order to qualify for deposit assistance you must meet the following minimum requirements:
(Workshop attendance does not guarantee assistance)
Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the in-person HCA workshops have been suspended until further notice and are being held through zoom. Intakes may be done over the phone by calling 707-544-6911 or by emailing [email protected]
Workshops are held the first Monday of the month
HCA Financial Coach, Samuel Arana
(707) 544-6911 Ext 1043
Program Coordinator, Monica Macias
(707) 535-3349 Ext 20405
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