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Warming Centers: Let's hear it for Supervisor Hopkins!

Sebastopol has been struggling to fund warming & cooling centers to serve our unhoused population. We are committed to meeting this essential civic obligation, and have done all we can to make it a reality. Our one remaining challenge was our City’s fiscal crisis: We face a $1.67M deficit this year (in a total $12.5M operating budget-fiscal crisis declared on November 21, 2023). Extreme weather events have created dire challenges for those sleeping rough in our community. As a community, we did as much as we could, with the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center offering indoor space at a discounted (not-even-cost) price as well as supervisory staff, West County Community Services providing volunteer training at no cost, CVNL (Ines DeLuna) working with us for volunteer scheduling, & local advocates & community members stepping up to volunteer. And despite our fiscal crisis, we had allocated $8,000 to warming and cooling centers this fiscal year.

But we needed more than the $8,000 we had in hand.

Supervisor Hopkins has stepped in to save the day. She's agreed to allocate $10,000 from her TIF (Sonoma County Tourism Impact Fund) discretionary funds. Now, these urgent community needs can be met!

Thank you Supervisor Lynda Hopkins! 

Diana Rich, Sebastopol City Council
321 S. Main St. #60 
Sebastopol CA 95472
FPPC #1430199
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