Vallejo’s Senior Citizens are ambitious, capable, and creative. Both the City of Vallejo and Solano County offer a variety of charitable, educational, social and recreational programs and services which meet the needs of our diverse Senior population.
Vallejo Youth and Teens
Vallejo is dedicated to providing the Youth and Teen population with a wide variety of services creating safe environments to foster growth, development, education, and healthy relationships. Vallejo services are provided by several groups.
The City of Vallejo, along with other cities in Solano County, has recently adopted a collective and collaborative approach in addressing the problem of homelessness. This initiative is being carried out by the Community Action Partnership of Solano, Joint Powers Authority (CAP Solano JPA), a collaboration of local government agencies consisting of representatives from each of the county’s seven cities (Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun, Vacaville, and Vallejo) and the County of Solano itself. Anne Putney, Vallejo’s Housing and Community Development Manager, serves as the City’s representative and is also the Secretary of the JPA Board. “The County and City Managers agreed that a countywide, coordinated effort to address homelessness would be much more effective than the piecemeal efforts each city has been making, and that it might put us in a better position to get additional funding.” CAP Solano JPA, which coordinates efforts across the county to reduce poverty and homelessness, has commissioned HomeBase to present a 5-Year Regional Strategic Plan by the end of 2016. HomeBase is a non-profit organization dedicated to the social problem of homelessness and has extensive experience working in and with the County as well as in other Bay Area Counties. According to Anne, “Each city/county is paying for the report/analysis based on the percentage of the homeless population, per the last point-in-time count and the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are paying for Vallejo’s – it was about $10,000.” Working closely alongside HomeBase is Housing First Solano Continuum of Care (CoC), the regional planning body of representative stakeholders in Solano County that coordinates the community’s policies, strategies, and activities toward preventing and ending homelessness.
The basis for the draft will be from input received from a diverse and representative group of community members, providers, advocates, community leaders and including people experiencing homelessness through various community engagement efforts. Consumer focus groups, community meetings, and key issue summits will be held in the coming weeks and months to continuously identify priorities and opportunities in the current systems of care. A work group, composed of representatives from each of the seven cities, the County, and various service sectors including law enforcement, Veterans Affairs, children and youth, and affordable housing development, has also been formed to identify plan priorities and provide HomeBase with evaluations on homeless programs and shelters. Plan priorities identified so far, can be reviewed here. HomeBase will compile, review and analyze all data and will finalize and present the 5-Year Regional Strategic Plan to the CAP Solano JPA and CoC Boards for approval by the end of the year. The plan, with identified next steps, will also be presented to jurisdictions and other entities for approval and agreement.
The public is encouraged to actively participate in this process. Visit their website here to find out more about this exciting initiative.
Volunteering is the ultimate way to help create the kind of community you want to live, work and play. Whether you’re looking for a long-term commitment or one that just takes a few hours, organizations in Vallejo have many opportunities to fit your schedule and interests.
The Central Permit Center is the City of Vallejo’s one-stop shop, providing public counter services, permit and plan check processing, and consultation services for local and state code requirements related to the design and construction of commercial and residential structures. The representatives at the Central Permit Center can provide detailed information and technical assistance for a variety of permits and requirements for temporary services, landscaping, and new or expanding businesses.
Several of our permit applications and guidelines are available online. We also provide all applications and guidelines at our Central Permit Center located within City Hall.
If you plan to start, renew or engage in any type of business within the City of Vallejo, you will probably require some kind of license, permit, certification or other formal permission. Multiple types of licenses and permits may be required. Both State and local licenses and permits may be required depending on the type of business in which you wish to engage Before opening your business, contact the City of Vallejo’s Central Permit Center to learn more about business licensing.
SBDC provides small business owners with affordable and free small business local workshops, a 12-week small business entrepreneurial training program, a resource library, and free advice and mentoring. They also provide free face-to-face business consulting and at-cost training on the following topics: writing a business plan, accessing capital, marketing, regulatory compliance, technology development, and international trade.
For over 50 years, SCORE has served as America’s premier source of free business mentoring and education. SCORE is supported by SBA, and with the help of the network of volunteers, is able to deliver their services at no charge or at very low cost. They provide volunteer mentors from 62 different industries, free and confidential business consulting, free online business tools/tips, and local workshops.
The PACE program is a public/private financing program that allows businesses and multifamily residential projects to receive upfront funding for energy efficient, renewable energy and water saving improvements. The funding from California FIRST would assist in completing the improvement project (s) and would be repaid through the property t axes over the course of up to 20 years. Commercial properties include all nonresidential properties, including multifamily building with four or more units and industrial.