The City of Sonora has started accepting applications for a newly created task force aimed at finding solutions to homelessness.

There are positions for a homeless advocate, agency service provider, charitable organization provider, city resident and owner of a business in the city.

People interested in applying for one of the positions on the task force must submit their applications to the city by no later than 4 p.m. Aug. 28.

Applications are available on the city’s website at , as well as at City Hall at 94 N. Washington St.

At a meeting Monday, the Sonora City Council approved creating the seven-member task force that will include Councilmen Jim Garaventa and Matt Hawkins.

The move is in response to concerns from residents and business owners regarding an increased presence of homeless people in the city and issues related to it.

Mayor Connie Williams will review the applications and nominate people for the positions.

Any questions regarding the task force and applications should be directed to City Administrator Tim Miller at (209) 532-4541.

Contact Alex MacLean at or (209) 588-4530.