Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County

Jewel fights homelessness with free song (w/video)

The once homeless singer released her latest song for free to support the ReThink public housing initiative.

California city uses old parking meters to collect change for homeless

A Los Angeles suburb is turning 14 parking meters into repositories for donations made to nonprofits that serve the homeless.

County supervisors OK overhaul of homelessness policies

Supervisors on Tuesday OK'd a shift toward providing the homeless with immediate housing before linking them with social services, as has been done in larger cities for more than a decade.

County faces affordable housing crisis

Supervisors have outlined a 10-year affordable housing plan, shining a light on the most severe housing crisis to hit Sonoma County in decades.

Growing homeless population affects local waterways

With increased homeless use, local creeks and rivers are being inundated with refuse—including human waste, clothing, and empty bottles—pollution that is threatening urban waterways.

Cities ban feeding of the homeless

This editorial is from the Chicago Tribune: In March, police in Birmingham, Ala., approached a pastor who was handing out hot dogs and bottled water to homeless people living beneath a viaduct.

Homeless man tossed into San Francisco trash truck

Authorities say a homeless man suffered minor injuries after being accidentally tossed into a San Francisco recycling truck.

Bus becomes shower for homeless in San Francisco

A nonprofit group is taking a novel approach to helping the homeless in San Francisco get clean.

This was $150,000 of good news

Hear the cheers Wednesday? It was the good people who operate Catholic Charities’ family homeless shelter in Santa Rosa, reacting to news from Marcy Smothers.

Catholic Charities’ funding cut

Catholic Charities, the county’s leading provider of homeless services, is scrambling to come up with about $400,000 to offset the unexpected loss of federal grants that largely underwrite the nonprofit agency’s shelter and services for homeless families.

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