Workforce Housing Task Force

This committee is currently on hiatus.  Copies of meeting notes are available upon request.  The committee met, twice, jointly with the Student Housing Task Force in September 2018, and periodically as the Workforce Housing task force Nov. 18, 2018 through August 8, 2019.  For copies of meeting notes, please send your request to hodenfie@sonoma.edu

Purpose

The Workforce Housing Task Force was formed in Spring 2018 to address the need to provide affordable housing options for our faculty and staff. Prior to October, 2017, housing costs had risen more dramatically than wages had. Finding affordable housing options were difficult for many recruits and so many positions were left unfilled due to the cost of housing in the region. Then the fires of October 2017 destroyed over 5,000 homes in Sonoma County, stressing and already tight market.

The services of Bob Linscheid from Linscheid Enterprises, Inc. and JLL, a nationally recognized real estate advisor, were enlisted to assist us with assessing the needs of Sonoma State University students and workforce. With their guidance, and the support of the task force groups, Sonoma State has begun the conversations and started to explore possiblities. A preliminary demand study of the student and workforce housing markets was completed. 

Members

  • Christopher Dinno, Chair, Special Projects Capital Planning, Administration and Finance
  • Richard Verrier, Administrative Analyst, Special Projects
  • Deborah A. Roberts, Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs
  • David Dougherty, Chief of Police (or designee), Univeristy Police
  • Michael Visser, Department Chair, Economics
  • Nicole Hendry, Director for Campus Facility Services, Operations and Engineering
  • Neil Markley, Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurial Activities, Administration and Finance
  • Anna Reynolds-Smith, Director of Administrative and Financial Planning for Student Affairs
  • Chandra Holte, Director of Employee Services, Human Resources
  • Arden Childers, Associated Students Senator for Sustainability

Accomplisments

  • Sonoma State University partnered with the Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County to look at options to make homeownership more affordable for the SSU workforce. We have placed one faculty member and their family in the new Willowglen Development
  • Purchase of Marina Crossing Apartments, which includes 90 living spaces ranging from studios to 3-bedroom units. Visit the Marina Crossing Apartment website for current availability and rates.

Meetings

This committee is currently on hiatus.  Copies of meeting notes are available upon request.  The committee met, twice, jointly with the Student Housing Task Force in September 2018, and periodically as the Workforce Housing task force Nov. 18, 2018 through August 8, 2019.  For copies of meeting notes, please send your request to hodenfie@sonoma.edu