Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County

Santa Rosa homeless man found guilty in Christmas Eve slaying

As the victim's family wept, jurors found a Santa Rosa homeless man guilty of first-degree murder Tuesday in the 2013 slaying of another homeless man outside the downtown library.

County's neediest to come 1st in homeless services overhaul

The coming shift would focus on getting the most imperiled people off the streets while ending the first-come, first-served practice that has long allocated overnight space at shelters countywide.

Prosecutors: Stabbing suspect showed ‘rage and anger’

Prosecutors said a Santa Rosa homeless man used unreasonable force when he chased down another man he suspected of threatening him, stabbing him 70 to 80 times.

Trial begins in Christmas Eve slaying in Santa Rosa

Vladimir Sotelo-Urena, a homeless man, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Nicholas Bloom last year in an alleyway downtown behind the county library.

Ukiah considers crackdown on homeless

The City Council is struggling to address a growing homeless problem tied to a surge in illegal camping in creek beds and aggressive panhandling methods.

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.

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