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News: 03/15/2016

Forum launched to inform valley residents about available services

Community members are invited to attend the first of a series of bi-monthly informational forums as part of a new initiative called Sonoma Valley Connect. Sonoma Valley Connect (SV Connect) will bring government, nonprofit, and community stakeholder groups together to inform residents about services and programs that are available to them. Supervisor Susan Gorin created this forum to build on existing relationships and create new ones to better serve Sonoma Valley.

“Like other places in the County, the availability and affordability of housing in Sonoma Valley is stressed,” said Gorin. “This initial SV Connect forum is an opportunity to hear from the providers of homeless services, code enforcement, renters’ protections and affordable housing developers – the continuum of housing and service options in the Valley. This is an important step in identifying the needs of the community and working collaboratively toward solutions to help our families get the housing and services they need to live and work in the Sonoma Valley.”

The first SV Connect community forum will focus on housing options, tenant protections, and homeless services, and will be held at the Springs Community Alliance on March 16, 6-7:30 p.m. at Altimira Middle School, 17805 Arnold Dr. Future forums will include topics such as health and recreation, economic development opportunities, and more.

Organizations from throughout Sonoma County will be present to share information with residents. The forum is co-sponsored by the County of Sonoma, City of Sonoma, and La Luz Center. For questions, please contact Jennifer Gray Thompson, aide to First District Supervisor Gorin at 565-2989 or

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