Sonoma County ends use of Windsor hotel as emergency homeless shelter

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

Since June, the county has housed 30 to 40 unhoused people who, although not diagnosed with COVID-19, were considered at high risk for 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 as the county winds down operations. It may be necessary to wait until March to find housing for each current resident, according to information received by the municipality.

The county contract was to run until the end of the year. The county spends $3.2 million on homeless services, or $139 a day for each occupied room, at the Windsor Hotel, Matt Brown, a county spokesman, said 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 homeless residents.

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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