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Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County

County eyes tiny houses as solution to homeless problem

The concept has been raised as one way to address the chronic shortage of shelter for the homeless — a shortfall compounded by Sonoma County’s tight housing market.

Fort Bragg ballot-box fights fail to materialize

A recall effort against the city's mayor has fizzled, while opponents of a new social services center fell one signature short in their push to put the issue on the ballot.

Garden Party at Kenwood Estate benefits homeless

A historic private property above the Valley of the Moon is the setting for a summer “Garden Party” Aug. 2 that will raise money for homeless women and children.

Santa Rosa homeless man to be tried in slaying

A judge ruled Tuesday there is enough evidence to try a man on suspicion of murder in the May killing of another outside a home for former transients in Santa Rosa.

Witness details moments before Santa Rosa slaying

A woman described an angry encounter between the suspect and victim of a May stabbing death outside a home for formerly homeless people in Santa Rosa.

Smith: How a sweet old Karmann Ghia will do good for homeless animals

The raffling of a classic VW will benefit the Sonoma Humane Society.

West county homeless get chance to shower, do laundry

An effort to offer showers and laundry services for west county homeless people is bringing a small amount of dignity to a hard-pressed population.

By one measure, county sees sharp drop in homeless population

New figures show the number of homeless people found outdoors in Sonoma County on one day in January dropped to 2,000 people, down from 3,300 people counted in 2013.

Solving homeless problem with 'housing first' model

Sonoma County program brings the homeless inside first, then addresses other issues.

Judge refuses to halt homeless center in Fort Bragg

A Mendocino County Superior Court judge dealt a blow Monday to opponents of converting a 123-year-old hotel in downtown Fort Bragg into office space for a homeless service provider and short-term housing for the needy.

Man who spent night on 90-foot crane in San Jose climbs down

San Jose police say a homeless man who climbed to the top of a 90-foot industrial crane near City Hall and stayed there for 14 hours has come down.

Showers help bridge gap in west county homeless services

Starting next week, homeless people would be able to shower every Thursday at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Guerneville.

Petaluma police clean up homeless camps

Petaluma police, homeless advocates and city staff this week removed truckloads of garbage from a series of homeless encampments along the Petaluma River.

Petaluma to reopen family homeless shelter

Petaluma's Committee on the Shelterless is just two weeks away from resurrecting a key family homeless shelter that was shuttered three years ago due to funding cuts.

PD Editorial: Santa Rosa council searches for housing answers

By its actions in recent days, the Santa Rosa City Council is showing it wants to get serious about confronting the local housing crisis.

Santa Rosa rejects rent hike ban

The Santa Rosa City Council rejected a hastily proposed moratorium on rent increases Tuesday but embraced expanding services to help more homeless get off the streets.

Santa Rosa to weigh rent hike ban

A proposal set for consideration today would temporarily curb increases of more than 3 percent as one way to deal with the city's homelessness problem.

Roommate: Drunken proposition for sex led to Santa Rosa stabbing

A fatal stabbing at a southwest Santa Rosa home for ex-transients earlier this month started with a drunken proposition for sex, a witness told police.

Homeless ex-con arrested in Santa Rosa stabbing

A Santa Rosa homeless man, 50, suffered life-threatening wounds after a fight and knife attack Monday evening.

Brooks: Building spiritual capital

Lisa Miller’s core argument is that spiritual awareness is innate and that it is an important component in human development. An implication of her work is that if you care about social mobility, graduation rates, resilience, achievement and family formation, you can’t ignore the spiritual resources of the people you are trying to help.

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