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Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County

Press Democrat readers comment on the proposed sale of the Paulin Creek Open Space Preserve, and more.
The 9-acre Armstrong Woods Road property lists for $995K but faces opposition against a homeless center at the site.
Sonoma County officials seeking to address homelessness in the lower Russian River will decide today whether a site on Armstrong Woods Road might work for a comprehensive homeless services center, though there is opposition.
Sonoma County appears to be headed in the right direction with the rollout of a program that will coordinate intake for housing programs through a single agency.
The year-old outreach program, dubbed Sober Circle, targets the city’s “serial inebriate” population, which once accounted for up to a quarter of the calls to police.
The expansion of a 2-year-old pilot project aims to provide a single “front door” to shelter for homeless people.
After what he describes as a 41-year love affair with meth, Richard Cafferata turned his life around.
A judge said no to a plea bargain Wednesday that would have allowed a homeless man who fatally beat another man to serve a year in jail.
The City Council, which last August declared a homeless emergency in the city, added $125,000 to this year’s budget for “rapid rehousing” funding.
The city may move away from expanding shelters to more services for the homeless in existing shelters.
The year-old project has sought to demonstrate how the burden to public services can be eased — and the lives of the chronically homeless improved — when housing is provided first.
The timing could have been better. Rousting Santa Rosa’s homeless just before another series of winter storms could have been heartless. But this was not your typical intervention by police.
City crews gave the highway undercrossing sidewalks a deep cleaning Wednesday, pleasing neighbors but leaving some homeless wondering where they were going to go.
An expert on homelessness who spoke Monday at a Santa Rosa conference, challenged local government officials and homeless services providers to stop trying to ‘fix people’ and simply house them.
A Ukiah man will face trial on a murder charge in connection with the shooting death of a 20-year-old homeless man.
The one-day census, which last year pegged the county’s homeless at nearly 3,000, will be finalized and released in April.
An upcoming summit aims to further the dialogue on the homeless crisis in Santa Rosa and what can be done to solve it.
A bill was introduced last week in the Hawaii Legislature to classify chronic homelessness as a medical condition and require insurance companies to cover treatment of the condition.
Celeste Austin serves as director of special programs at The Living Room, a daytime drop-in center assisting homeless and at-risk women and their children.
Bruce Cohn’s boss gave him a check for $1,000 and told him to find a home. Now he's dedicated his life to giving back.