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Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County

Teams fan out across Sonoma County for homeless census

The last homeless count, in January 2013, identified 4,280 homeless people living in Sonoma County, with 77 percent of those people considered shelterless.

Petaluma shelter chief urges county to do more for its homeless

The formerly homeless leader of Petaluma's Committee on the Shelterless wants to help the thousands in Sonoma County who are still out there to find homes.

Legal bid to block Dream Center dismissed

Neighbors had hoped to block Social Advocates for Youth’s planned 63-bed housing facility for adults aged 18 to 24 who are transitioning out of foster care or are homeless.

Police investigating booby trap at Bay Area homeless camp

A firefighter extinguishing a blaze at a San Jose homeless encampment fell into what authorities say was a dangerous booby trap lined with spikes.

Body found on Rohnert Park creek path

Authorities are trying to determine how a man whose body was found Friday near a Rohnert Park creek died.

Russian River cleanup targets flood debris

Four homeless people joined 30 volunteers in collecting trash in a post-flood cleanup along the murky river from Guerneville to Monte Rio on Saturday.

Santa Rosa homeless services group moving to larger quarters

The new site needs about $350,000 worth of improvements, including $150,000 for a commercial kitchen, and The Living Room is seeking donations to pay for the work.

Art classes give hope to the homeless

The central branch of the Sonoma County Library has begun offering art workshops to the homeless on a weekly basis.

Cold snap extends homeless shelter plan in Sonoma County

With the freezing temperatures, Sonoma County homeless advocates are working overtime to keep people without housing warm and safe.

Finley Center shines light on art of local homeless

Exhibit running at Santa Rosa’s Finley Center features some 200 works by eight local artists who have struggled with mental illness and homelessness.

Home for the holiday: Santa Rosa mother secures housing after troubled past

Homeless for years, Clara Martin and her 3-year-old boy were among dozens of families who moved this month from a Catholic Charities shelter into permanent housing.

Ukiah shelter reopens with portable plumbing

Ukiah’s only homeless shelter has been reopened on a limited basis as the reconstruction of its bathroom and shower facilities drags on.

Homeless camps cleared in San Jose

Following the closure of The Jungle, the nation's largest homeless camp, South Bay officials are aggressively cleaning out other encampments before they grow.

Family: Homeless Petaluma man who died struggled with alcoholism

Michael Lee Patton struggled with alcoholism after losing his father to cancer, but was a good person who was close with his family, his nephew said.

Christmas Party At The Living Room

About 140 homeless women and children savored a grand Christmas luncheon on Dec. 19 at The Living Room, the day center long located at downtown Santa Rosa’s Church of the Incarnation.

A haven for youth in Sonoma County

Voices, a program that runs out of a downtown Santa Rosa residence, serves as a daytime refuge to Sonoma County's homeless and emancipated youth.

Police: No foul play in Petaluma sidewalk death; fall suspected

Authorities on Wednesday were tracing the final hours of a homeless man who died Tuesday after he was found lying on a busy Petaluma sidewalk.

Man found dead on Petaluma sidewalk

Police described man as a local homeless guy; an autopsy is scheduled for Friday in the eighth transient death in the city this year.

Close to Home: A volunteer’s tale

I finally did something I’ve been wanting to do for a good long time: I volunteered at the Redwood Gospel Mission’s Thanksgiving Feast at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

Sonoma County shelters stretched thin by storm

Shelters opened their doors to serve residents displaced by the floods Thursday, primarily homeless individuals trying to get out of the pounding rain and winds.

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