Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County

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Santa Rosa homeless cleaning up after homeless in new program

A new taxpayer-funded pilot program in Santa Rosa is paying homeless people $50 a day to clean up the messes left by other homeless people.

Sonoma shelter provides haven for Valley's homeless

If you don't have a place to stay, 'you have a bed' at Sonoma Overnight Support's Haven shelter.

Homeless camp protesters issue demands

The political stand-turned-encampment on public property in Santa Rosa has grown in strength and size as authorities search for a way to defuse the protest and relocate those who’ve set up tents on the site.

From Santa Rosa protest camp, a call for action on homelessness

A 12-tent site in Santa Rosa has spawned a standoff between homeless advocates touting their cause and officials faced with how to resolve a demonstration they said amounted to trespass on public property.

Homeless advocates set up protest camp

About a dozen tents were set up in the parking lot of the Sonoma County Water Agency offices in Santa Rosa to protest what they say is the local government’s inaction on homeless issues in the county.

Man slain at former Bay Area homeless camp

A passerby came upon the body of a man who had been stabbed to death in The Jungle, an encampment authorities had cleared out last year.

Sonoma County lays out plan to wipe out homelessness

The ambitious campaign would require a regional effort, supported by local cities and public-private partnerships, to create housing for 2,000 people.

Fort Bragg group to seek ballot measure in fight over historic hotel

Opponents of plans to convert a 123-year-old hotel into office space and short-term homeless housing have dropped their lawsuit in favor of another push for a ballot initiative.

Sonoma County program serving homeless hospital patients expands

The number of shelter beds is doubling for homeless people in Sonoma County who are discharged from hospitals but still too sick or frail to be on the streets.

Tiny houses for California homeless create backlash

A Los Angeles initiative to build tiny houses on wheels for the homeless has sparked an uproar in San Pedro, with neighbors claiming the structures are ugly and will soon attract crime.

Santa Rosa to boost homeless outreach effort

Santa Rosa on Tuesday authorized spending $415,000 on a homeless outreach program and moved forward with a plan to fund a mobile shower and bathroom for homeless people.

County backs new mixed-use vision for old Sutter Hospital site

The broad vision for the 117-acre complex on Chanate Road in Santa Rosa would seek development plans including affordable housing, commercial and retail space, new walking trails and other amenities.

Santa Rosa could add portable bathrooms, showers for homeless

Options to be explored by the City Council include setting up portable toilets or providing a shower and restroom trailer.

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.

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