Committee on the Shelterless

 
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As Committee On The Shelterless (COTS) turned 30 years old in 2018, COTS leadership committed to a vision to end homelessness in Sonoma County, and focused our mission to assist people to transition from homelessness to a permanent home.

Similar to ending life-threatening disease, or significant worldwide problems like famine, we believe that there is a solution to homelessness that can be realized in our lifetime. At its core, homelessness is about not having a safe, stable, and permanent home. If not having a home creates homelessness, the solution to homelessness is to support people to find and keep housing.

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Similar to ending life-threatening disease, or significant worldwide problems like famine, we believe that there is a solution to homelessness that can be realized in our lifetime. At its core, homelessness is about not having a safe, stable, and permanent home. If not having a home creates homelessness, the solution to homelessness is to support people to find and keep housing.

We endeavor to not confuse an adult, family or childhood crisis of homelessness with that individuals’ poverty, mental illness, health challenges, substance use, or personal choice. We endeavor to serve everyone who comes to us with a housing crisis – and to do so quickly, expertly, compassionately and without judgement.

Founded in 1988, COTS was an expression of two local residents’ concern for children and adults who were sleeping outdoors in culverts, dumpsters or other unsafe and unsuitable conditions. Laure Reichek and Mary Isaak raised money from private donors, enlisted the support of the faith community and fraternal organizations, educated the larger community, and monitored sleepovers at temporary shelters throughout the city.

www.cots.org