Sonoma County is hosting its second-ever job and resource fair for people experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless Thursday at the Petaluma Community Center.
The Nov. 16 fair, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 320 N. McDowell Blvd., will feature more than 30 local employers and service providers offering support with housing and other resources, including a drop-in resume clinic and free lunch.
“This free event is an excellent opportunity for people who are currently homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to connect with resources that can change their lives,” Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt, who represents the Petaluma area, said in a statement.
The county’s annual point-in-time count identified 2,266 people experiencing homelessness in Sonoma County, a 22 percent decline from the 2,893 individuals counted in 2022.
Thanks to a community development block grant and several generous donors, participants will receive a free hot meal from the nonprofit Sonoma Family Meal and up to 150 $25 gift cards. Hourly raffles will include bike prizes and free clothing vouchers from Goodwill.
The event is a collaborative effort between Sonoma County Job Link and more than a dozen community organizations.
Andrea Krout, district director for Rabbitt, and Petaluma Mayor Kevin McDonnell are scheduled to speak at the event.
Pre-registration is not required. Contact Job Link by email for more information.