What is Studios at Montero (SAM)?

Studios at Montero (SAM) is the conversion of a 50 year old motel into 60-units of permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals. We are thrilled by the opportunity to partner with Burbank Housing and the City of Petaluma on this project. This project is made possible by the support of the State of California Homekey program, Providence Health, the City of Petaluma, the County of Sonoma, and the Wells Fargo Foundation. SAM is slated to open in April 2023.

Sobriety is not a requirement to live at SAM. Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) in general does not require sobriety as a condition of tenancy. PSH follows the harm reduction model, which understands that it may take time for people to be ready to consider recovery from substance abuse. Meanwhile, SAM case managers will encourage healthy living and connect tenants to recovery resources, should the tenant choose that path.

Currently, the first tenants are slated to move in April 2023. This depends on the construction schedule.

SAM tenants must be referred by the Coordinated Entry System, which assesses Sonoma County’s unsheltered individuals and families to match them with the appropriate housing programs. More information about enrolling into Coordinated Entry can be found here. After referral, SAM staff will assist with the application process and gathering supporting documentation (ID, social security card, proof of income, etc.)

Rent at SAM is 30% of the tenant’s income. This is made possible with a subsidy from the Sonoma County Housing Authority. Tenants must notify SAM property management if their income changes at any time during their tenancy. If a tenant does not have an income upon move-in, their minimum rent will be $50.00/month. The tenant will work with case management on obtaining an income during their tenancy.

Yes, tenants sign a one-year lease agreement and are expected to adhere to the terms, just like any other renter.

Yes. Security deposits will be $700.00. During the application process, tenants will be connected to various resources that offer deposit assistance.

Yes, tenants will be assigned an onsite case manager with whom they will have the option to work on housing, income, and personal goals. Case managers also connect tenants to community resources, including healthcare. If needed, case managers will work with the tenant to correct behaviors that lead to lease violations. The goal is to keep tenants safely and stably housed.

Yes. Each SAM unit will come with a full-size bed, nightstand, dresser, and kitchenette. Bedding, towels, and basic dining ware will be provided upon move-in as well.

Yes, overnight guests are permissible, but just like any other apartment rental, there are time limitations. Tenants may have a service animal or an emotional support animal, as defined by California's Fair Employment and Housing Act, with a written statement of medical need by their healthcare provider.

A criminal background check will be performed on each SAM applicant by the Sonoma County Housing Authority.

No. SAM is a residential community, not a shelter or a sanctioned encampment site. Nobody in tents, cars, or RVs will be allowed to sleep outside on SAM property. There will be staff and security onsite 24/7 to uphold this rule.

Yes, outside and in the office and lobby.

Should an eviction occur, SAM supportive services will work with the tenant to find them safe and appropriate placement elsewhere. Eviction is an absolute last resort, however.

Yes, the COTS team is already planning ways that you can help support the clients at SAM through volunteer opportunities or through our “Adopt A Room Initiative” More information will be available this spring. In the meantime, if you’d like to receive updates about these kinds of opportunities, please register here.