Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County

Thousands in need get free meal

Put on by the Redwood Gospel Mission and numerous volunteers, the daylong festival at the fairgrounds has become a seasonal bright spot for many of Sonoma County’s struggling residents.

Chilly temperatures to linger around Sonoma County

Temperatures hit near freezing overnight, with chilly weather set to last throughout the week.

Homeless campers settle into Roseland site

Many Roseland residents and business owners said they were not opposed to their new neighbors, with some saying they were just becoming aware of the new camp.

Bay Area homeless helm new coffee carts

San Jose has joined other cities in a program that gives homeless people a chance to staff coffee carts to make money.

St. Vincent de Paul volunteer connects through food

Dan Cahill started off as a weekly driver for the Sonoma County food kitchen. Now he’s there head cook, connecting with both volunteers and the county’s needy.

Sonoma County couple have a heart for the homeless  

Through the Redwood Gospel Mission, Jerry and Becky Hayes are doing their part to serve the county’s homeless.

Homeless get free haircuts, helping hand at Santa Rosa park

The 'Haircuts for Homeless' events in a Santa Rosa park, the brainchild of a local hairdresser, have grown from an occasional offering to a regular occurrence. Sunday's was the biggest one yet.

Haircuts For The Homeless In Santa Rosa

LeBaron: Great Depression’s uplifting lessons

As people struggle to find housing in Sonoma County, it’s worth remembering the uplifting tales of neighborly good deeds from the Great Depression.

Homeless protesters move camp to Roseland

Homeless Action organizers said a county official invited them to set up camp in Roseland but the official says he only instructed protesters to stay away from a site near the county administrative complex.

Santa Rosa homeless camp plans move

Organizers of the camp at the former water agency headquarters on West College Avenue say they are in talks with a church that has property as they face a Tuesday deadline to relocate.

Jury convicts Santa Rosa man in Halloween homeless slaying

A jury rejected arguments that Jessy Zetino suffered drug-induced delusions when he killed Michela Wooldridge in 2012.

Potential Guerneville sites eyed for homeless services

A year-round homeless shelter would double as a day-time drop-in service center — providing meals, showers, counseling, financial, housing and employment assistance as well as permanent housing units.

PD Editorial: The right tribute to US veterans

Is a handshake and a 'thank you' enough?

PD Editorial: Many hands for the homeless this winter

The head of one of Sonoma County’s most respected agencies for the homeless has triggered debate with his criticism of Santa Rosa’s decision to assume a role in a local church-based program for providing shelter.

Thursday’s Letters to the Editor

Press Democrat readers comment on presidential debates, gun rights and more.

Portable showers, restrooms coming for Santa Rosa homeless

The Santa Rosa City Council on Tuesday agreed to spend more than $87,000 to give homeless people a place to use the bathroom and take a shower three days a week.

Tiny homes for county's homeless a step closer to reality

The Board of Supervisors authorized spending $75,000 Tuesday to study six sites in Santa Rosa that could host 8 to 12 units, including possibly mobile trailers, small cabins or shipping containers.

Santa Rosa school district eyes utility site occupied by homeless

At Tuesday's meeting, the Santa Rosa City Schools board will discuss acquiring the former county Water Agency campus, which still serves as the site of a homeless encampment.

Sunday’s Letters to the Editor

Press Democrat readers comment on the sanctuary cities, Measure B and more.

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