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Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County

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.

Catholic Charities fair in Santa Rosa a one-stop shop of services for homeless

Hundreds of homeless people were provided with health care, housing leads, food and enrollment into county welfare programs Friday at a fair put on by Catholic Charities.

New approach to help Sonoma County’s homeless coming Friday

Later today, a Santa Rosa nonprofit is hosting what will be the county’s most robust single day of service for the homeless ever.

Suspect in fatal Santa Rosa knife attack pleads not guilty

A homeless man appeared in court for the first time Wednesday, accused of killing an acquaintance at a Santa Rosa home earlier this month.

West county agencies tackle mental health issues at 1st-ever summit

The West County Mental Health Summit will be held in Guerneville on Thursday, bringing together about two dozen countywide service agencies and nonprofits.

Santa Rosa stabbing victim was trying for better life; acquaintance arrested

The victim of a fatal stabbing early Monday was a former homeless man, living in the southwest Santa Rosa neighborhood with the aid of Catholic Charities.

Tiny houses a big help for some California homeless

What started as one man's effort to provide shelter for his homeless neighbor has turned into a movement, thanks to a YouTube video viewed more than five million times.

Close to Home: It’s time to get smart about homelessness

Along for the ride on Julie’s ordeal is the Sonoma County taxpayer.

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