Sonoma Valley Resources
City Response to COVID-19
In addition to making the necessary modifications to City services for public health and safety, the City of Sonoma is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by leading several targeted efforts to address the needs of our community. Learn more below, and visit our community resources and business resources pages.
Community leaders have joined together in a broad-based coalition to ensure all Valley residents are food secure during the pandemic. The Food Security Task Force developed strategies including creation of the Sonoma Valley Food Assistance Calendar and the Sonoma Valley Volunteers website, as well as efforts to increase support for local non-profits that serve basic needs. Learn how you can help.
The City has convened the Sonoma Valley Latinx COVID Support Task Force to bring key public, private and non-profit partners together to support our Latinx community through the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The group meets weekly to share information, educate, leverage, and coordinate resources.
The Business Reopening & Recovery Team, comprised of a Council subcommittee, City staff and representatives of local business organizations, meets regularly to identify ways to support our local economy. In addition to sharing business resources and reopening guidelines, their efforts include initiatives such as Sonoma To Go, Sonoma Valley SAFE, and the Sonoma Al Fresco program.
The COVID-19 Rental Assistance Partnership of the City and local non-profit Friends in Sonoma Helping (F.I.S.H.) helped 233 local families and individuals during the months of May – July through a contribution of more than $151,000 from the City's Housing Trust Fund. (F.I.S.H. and La Luz Center have also served as the local agencies for administering CARES Act rental assistance).
The Sonoma Valley Arts Task Force is a collaboration of 25 nonprofit organizations committed to building community through the power of creativity. Task Force members worked together to launch the Heart of Sonoma initiative and Summer Arts Stroll to fulfill their mission to keep the community inspired and connected through creating and sharing art during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City Council's Budget Subcommittee worked on developing a financial plan for FY 20-21 that adjusted to reduced revenues from sales taxes and hotel taxes due to the pandemic, while maintaining services to the community to the greatest extent possible.