Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County

Work is underway to reopen the popular water feature at Prince Gateway Park in downtown Santa Rosa, but it remains to be seen whether the city can restore its family-friendly atmosphere.
A sliver of vacant land at the northern edge of Santa Rosa could serve as a proving ground for Sonoma County’s burgeoning idea to transform empty lots into villages of tiny houses for homeless people.
The move, OK'd Tuesday, aims to streamline regulations to allow the city to act quickly to address the homelessness crisis.
Few stories better capture the misperceptions and vulnerability of the estimated 2,900 people who live on the streets of Sonoma County than that of a single man — Josh Clark.
For many people, whether or not to give, and what to give to people on the street is a daily question. So, what's the right thing to do?
Josh Clark was a college graduate, a father and a husband whose alcohol addiction led to a life on the streets.
A new report highlights success and gaps in efforts to reduce Sonoma County’s homeless population.
The one-day program at The Palms motel in Santa Rosa is co-sponsored by Michael Ottolini Amvets Post 40 and Rohnert Park Smiles Dentistry.
It isn’t obvious, but Sonoma County is making progress on one of its most intractable problems — homelessness.
The City Council asked staff Tuesday to return next week with three measures aimed at showing homelessness is the city’s top priority.
A man with a criminal record and history of mental illness was charged Tuesday with a string of deadly attacks on sleeping homeless men in San Diego, two of whom were set on fire.
The Santa Rosa Planning Commission denied Redwood Gospel Mission’s plan to move to Roseland following a debate over the future of the area.
The fire, in an area above Highway 116 across from the Northwood Golf Club, was contained within an hour Friday.
I’m a retired 30-year cop and a board member for the Redwood Gospel Mission in Santa Rosa. I just read Sunday’s Close to Home column about the mission’s hope to move from Railroad Square to a vacant lot on the outskirts of Roseland (“Plans to move Redwood Gospel Mission shows disrespect for Roseland”).
Anthony Padgett, a homeless man who had been identified as the sole suspect in the spate of attacks on San Diego transients that left three dead, was released from jail Monday.
San Diego police say they have found the man behind a string of attacks on homeless men across the city that left two of them dead and two severely injured.
Another San Diego homeless man was seriously injured and set on fire Wednesday by an attacker police say struck while the man was asleep, the latest in a spate of deadly attacks on transients.
Gov. Brown has approved spending $2 billion to build permanent housing for homeless people with mental illnesses.
Family and friends mourn a popular Santa Rosa homeless man, found dead after suffering more than 50 stab wounds in a vicious attack early Monday.
News organizations from around the Bay Area are working together today to shine a light on a problem that besets many California communities — homelessness.