SoCo Correspondent: June Issue
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Sonoma County Budget Hearings
Fiscal Year 2019 - 2020
Sonoma County residents are encouraged to attend Budget Hearings and provide input about the recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2019 - 2020.

Budget Hearings are currently scheduled for June 11, 12 and 14, 2019.

Public comment on the recommended budget is scheduled for 3 p.m. on June 11, 2019.

To view the recommended budget and supplemental materials, visit our website . Find the Board of Supervisors meeting calendar and agendas here .
Chipper Program
The County’s free Chipper program has opened for the season.

Properties in unincorporated Sonoma County are eligible to receive up to 3 hours of complimentary chipping.

Housing Initiatives
The County recently approved several initiatives to provide more opportunities and better certainty to housing developers, to help meet the County's ambitious housing production goal.

These initiatives are primarily focused on urban-centered growth. Watch a video about these initiatives above.
Update from the Office of Recovery & Resiliency
FEMA Direct Housing
FEMA Direct Housing is a federally-implemented program intended to run for 18 months (through April 10, 2019) for qualified fire survivors in need of mid-term temporary housing while they searched for alternative long-term housing solutions. 

The County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa jointly requested an extension for those in the FEMA Direct Housing program and the extension was granted but with different end dates for owners and renters. Subsequently, the County and City jointly requested that owners and renters be extended to the same end date. 

On May 10, 2019, FEMA granted a second extension to the renters to match the owners end date of July 10, 2019. As of May 20, 2019, the FEMA Direct Housing program was supporting 11 households within Sonoma County who are displaced because of the October 2017 wildfires.
Rebuilding Permits

The combined County and City totals are 2,415 building permits for homes issued, 376 permits in process, and 399 homes finished. 

While the rainy weather has delayed some homes from finishing as quickly as possible, the 2,814 homes with permits currently issued or that have already finished represents 55% of the 5,143 homes destroyed in the fires.

Find more recovery updates, activities and progress here.
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Are you ready to get counted?
On May 17, 2019, the County of Sonoma and United Way of the Wine Country hosted the first event highlighting the beginning of the Census 2020 outreach efforts.

The U.S. Census Bureau answered questions, dispelled rumors, and provided input on several issues, including how to move forward with the creation of a local Complete Count Committee.

With the attendance of over 30 representatives from local community based organizations, the County of Sonoma and United Way of the Wine Country will be co-facilitating a Sonoma Complete Count Committee that will convene local trusted messengers representing the Hard-to-Count communities in Sonoma County with the goal of coordinating outreach opportunities as we approach Census day.

Help us achieve a full and accurate count! Learn more about the census and how to get involved here.
The Sonoma County Waste Management Agency (SCWMA) is now Zero Waste Sonoma
Zero Waste Sonoma is the new face of the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency (SCWMA). Our mission and values are the same, but our name and logo have changed to better reflect our identity as a government agency separate from, but related to, Sonoma County. Our new name also captures the regional commitment of achieving zero waste by 2030, which means diverting 100% of all material from landfills and into more beneficial use.

Zero Waste Sonoma will continue to provide programs in composting and household hazardous waste (HHW), solid waste planning and reporting, as well as education and outreach for all residents and businesses in the county.

Visit www.zerowastesonoma.gov or call the Eco-Desk at 565-3375 for all waste prevention, recycling, and disposal questions. The new 2019 Sonoma County Recycle Guide is also available for pick up in government offices and other locations around the county. 
Call (707) 565-INFO for Answers to Concerns about Aging

Just Open! A new care information and support phone line for older adults, persons with disabilities and family member caregivers. At (707) 565-INFO (565-4636), residents can talk with social workers about concerns regarding aging and learn how to find in-home care, and government and community services to address their needs.

County Survey Seeks Input about Older Adult Services
The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) invites residents of all ages to offer input on future programs and services for older adults, seniors, persons with disabilities, and local caregivers by completing its Senior Needs Assessment Survey by June 30.

Community members can take the anonymous survey online or on paper, or join a group discussion on aging issues this month.
Coastal Close-up Photo Contest
P hoto Credit: Amie Windsor
On June 1, Permit Sonoma launched the Coastal Close-up photo contest to highlight the beautiful Sonoma Coast. This contest coincides with Permit Sonoma’s public engagement process for updating the Draft Local Coastal Plan .

From Santa Rosa to Dallas

American Airlines offers daily service from Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) starting June 6 th .

To book your tickets visit www.flySTS.com
Upcoming Events
Back to our Roots in Cowboy Boots
Pull on your cowboy boots, grab your hats and mosey on over for 11 days of good ol’ western fun this summer.

We’re going “Back to Our Roots, in Cowboy Boots” as we celebrate western tradition and country fun.

Tickets are now on-sale, available at SonomaCountyFair.com or the Fair Box Office! Plan ahead and save through July 31.
Volunteer & Employment
Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is one of the greatest forms of civic engagement, and in Sonoma County volunteers enhance and extend the County's ability to provide services to the community.

Employment Opportunities

Take your next career step with the County of Sonoma.

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