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Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County

Close to Home: A new crisis for local homeless, a new solution

I know what it feels like to lose all hope, to feel despair, to lose the will to fight for my life. I know what it is like for so many people out there.

Monday’s Letters to the Editor

Press Democrat readers share their views.

Plan to address winter homelessness in Sonoma County taking shape

The effort to plan for winter conditions is part of an increasingly proactive campaign to address the needs of Sonoma County’s disproportionately large homeless population.

8 cited in Petaluma homeless camp sweep

Following several recent transient deaths, Petaluma police cleaned up illegal campsites as part of an effort to get homeless off streets and into services.

Missing instruments returned to Analy students, 2 months later

A San Francisco woman has come forward with woodwinds that had disappeared after being left outside a school bus after a Giants game in August.

Petaluma police investigate rash of homeless deaths

The discovery of a third body this month near the Petaluma River on Tuesday night has prompted police to take a hard look at the number of similar deaths in Petaluma in the past four years and what can be done to prevent more.

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.

Secluded element of Juilliard Park attracting trouble

Prostitution. Drug sales. Dog fights. Intimidating groups of homeless people and teens. The secluded element of the park attracts people who don't want to be watched.

Petaluma body found was local transient

The man, found dead Monday, was hidden in tall grass, his head resting on a pillow and his bicycle nearby.

Haircuts from the heart in Juilliard Park

Every few weeks, Rohnert Park hairdresser Danika O'Leary packs up her scissors and heads out to a Santa Rosa park to give free cuts to the homeless, no strings, sermon or lecture attached.

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.

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.

Suspect in Santa Rosa stabbing death says he feared victim

Vladimir Sotelo-Urena, 26, told detectives Nicholas Bloom, 22, became aggressive outside the downtown library on Christmas Eve.

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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