Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County

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The nation's homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities.
'It's obvious if this person hadn't been there, these children could have been burned or may have been killed in the fire,' authorities told a Nevada TV station.
'I can understand it a lot more — how it feels if somebody’s sad that they lost their home. Now I understand how they feel even more,' says Ian Rich, who founded the organization in 2014 to provide blankets for local homeless.
The expanded Roseland site could vex county and city officials who were already struggling to house chronically homeless people before October’s fires.
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This time, city officials say they’re not going to let the camps return, taking a tougher approach to the issue in response to a chorus of complaints from businesses owners and residents.
The COTS Mary Isaak Center homeless shelter is housing 10 new arrivals from Santa Rosa’s Finely Center, the last of the county’s emergency shelters to close.
'People say, 'Tiny home are great and cool, and you can put that village anywhere but right across the street from my subdivision,'" says American Tiny Home Association President Chris Galusha.
Now that wildfire recovery is underway, the city will resume its focus on housing homeless residents.
'How about for us people who are serving these tech people?' says Tes Saldana, who lives in a camper near Google's headquarters. 'We don't get the same paycheck that they do.'
In a rare joint meeting, Sonoma County and Santa Rosa officials will discuss the extreme shortage of housing options and a homeless rate more than three times the national average.
A homeless crisis of unprecedented proportions is rocking the West Coast, with soaring housing costs, rock-bottom vacancy rates and a roaring economy to blame.
Efforts to disband the 6th Street homeless camp are on hold while the city deals with disaster recovery.
The lucky and the unlucky are still in the phase where we are pondering whose voices to listen to and thus far we aren’t sure of anything, except that we need to keep sharing our stories.
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