Sonoma County Ends Use of Windsor Hotel as Emergency Homeless Shelter

Sonoma County is ending use of the Holiday Inn in Windsor as a temporary homeless shelter during the coronavirus pandemic.

Since June, the county has sheltered 30 to 40 unprotected people who, although they were not diagnosed with COVID-19, were considered to be at high risk of serious complications if they contracted the virus. The hotel is located at 8755 Old Redwood Highway in Windsor.

No additional people will be allowed into the shelter rooms while the county ceases operations. It may take until March to find accommodation for each current resident, according to information received by the municipality.

The county contract was to last until the end of the year. The county is spending $ 3.2 million on homeless services, or $ 139 per day for each room occupied, at the Windsor hotel, said Matt Brown, a county spokesperson, in May.

The Holiday Inn was one of five lodging properties in the area that the county spends millions to rent or acquire to house the homeless.

City staff and Windsor Police Chief Mike Raasch met regularly with shelter staff “and no major incidents or issues were observed or reported to the city during this time,” according to a report by the city.

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