Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County

Sonoma County Stories: Meet Ka Lani, Santa Rosa’s guitar hero

The homeless musician and SRJC student is often seen by the Coddingtown Starbucks, plugged into headphones while quietly strumming his guitar. Here’s his story.

Keeping the Russian River clean

A Forestville man recruits residents and the homeless to remove mankind’s litter from local waterways.

Homeless On SMART Tracks

Homeless along SMART rail tracks in harm’s way

With the resumption of North Bay passenger rail service looming, officials are scrambling to clear the right-of-way of homeless residents and pedestrians.

Reward offered in Santa Rosa slaying of transient

Santa Rosa police detectives continue to investigate the Jan. 21 shooting of a homeless man along the Prince Memorial Greenway path near downtown.

Tiny homes to call their own

Back in 2000, a group of homeless people, tired of getting rousted from doorways downtown, pushed their shopping carts together under a bridge, pitched some tents and called the place home.

Homeless Census

Census seeks count of local homeless population

More than 200 volunteers and paid homeless guides fanned out across Sonoma County Friday to document the number of homeless people.

Catholic Charities helps homeless get back on their feet

The Nightingale Project is part of an ongoing countywide effort to end homelessness by intervening earlier and more effectively in the lives of homeless people.

Homeless Santa Rosa shooting victim was weeks from having home

Catholic Charities had just secured a place to live for a 43-year-old man who was gunned down Thursday night in a Santa Rosa homeless encampment.

When is being homeless against the law in Sonoma County?

A reader asks whether it’s legal for homeless people to sleep in public, and what other rules they have to follow.

Thumbs up: Shelter from the storms

A new open-door policy for homeless Nobody wants to drive — let alone try to survive — out in the kind of weather Sonoma County has been experiencing in recent days.

Advocates for homeless to stay at former Sutter hospital site

About 20 homeless people and their advocates will be sleeping at the Chanate Road site this week to call attention to the county’s decision not to use the property as emergency housing.

Tuesday’s Letters to the Editor

Press Democrat readers comment on county pay, Taser settlement and more.

Henry 1 plucks homeless man from Sonoma park

A drunken man was rescued Friday from Sonoma Valley Regional Park.

1st resident selected for Santa Rosa motel-turned-homeless housing

After five years living on the streets, ex-addict Rodney Hill is the first resident of a unique program to house the homeless in a former Santa Rosa motel.

Homeless debate heating up in Guerneville

Concerned about a string of recent fires, speakers at a packed forum in Guerneville Monday urged county officials to do more about homelessness and crime in the area.

Santa Rosa killer gets 26 years to life in Halloween slaying

Jessy Zetino was sentenced Monday for stabbing to death a homeless woman after dropping acid at a Halloween party in 2012.

Forum tonight to address anxiety over Russian River-area fires

Homelessness and public safety will be on the agenda Monday night in Guerneville, where public officials will address concerns that flared after a troubling series of fires in the area.

PD Editorial: Some cold truths about homelessness

Homelessness is hard to ignore during the winter, but it’s a year-round reality that strains law enforcement, social services, emergency rooms and, not to be discounted, human lives.

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