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For Immediate Release: October 31, 2012

Supervisor Mike McGuire Announces Funding for Wallace House

County funds fill gap caused by loss of Redevelopment funding.

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – On October 16th, 2012, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors adopted a series of budget changes at its First Quarter Budget review which included an appropriation of Affordable Housing Set-Aside Funds to the Cloverdale Community Outreach Committee for Wallace House Emergency Services. The $10,000 in funding will ensure winter shelter operations through the upcoming cold weather months. The funding will come from Tourist Occupancy Taxes.

Fourth District Supervisor Mike McGuire, who led the effort to obtain County funding, commented, "This funding will help keep the doors open and support an incredible organization dedicated to helping those in need. Wallace House continues to be an incredible community partner and we are proud to join with them this winter."

Wallace House Executive Director Colleen Halbohm stated, "These funds are critical to serving our most vulnerable residents. We wish to thank Supervisor McGuire and the entire Board of Supervisors for supporting our efforts. The loss of Redevelopment funds was devastating and without County action, people would have been put in harm’s way this winter."

Wallace House officially opened on March 27, 1982 and was immediately used as an overnight shelter for abused women, children and runaway youth. It has served as a meeting place for non-profit and citizens groups from across the community. In the past 30 years, Wallace House has provided critical safety net services to over 30,000 people.


About the County of Sonoma

The County of Sonoma is comprised of 26 departments and agencies that provide a full range of services to the community. It encompasses over 1600 square miles and is home to almost 500,000 residents. Sonoma County government has a history of providing excellent and responsive public service while operating under sound fiscal principles.

Located less than one hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma County combines in one location the beautiful Pacific coastline, award-winning wineries, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities.

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Community and Governmental Affairs Manager
County Administrator’s Office
County of Sonoma
575 Administration Drive, Suite 104 A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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