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Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County
Thursday’s Letters to the Editor
Press Democrat readers comment on the proposed sale of the Paulin Creek Open Space Preserve, and more.
County to explore purchase of potential Guerneville homeless center
The 9-acre Armstrong Woods Road property lists for $995K but faces opposition against a homeless center at the site.
Guerneville homeless services center discussion heats up
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.
PD Editorial: A focused effort to reduce homelessness in Sonoma County
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.
Petaluma effort to help homeless addicts making a difference
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.
Finding shelter about to get easier for Sonoma County's homeless
The expansion of a 2-year-old pilot project aims to provide a single “front door” to shelter for homeless people.
Ex-addict now advocates for homeless
After what he describes as a 41-year love affair with meth, Richard Cafferata turned his life around.
Judge rejects plea bargain in Santa Rosa homeless man's death
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.
Santa Rosa increases funding to get homeless off the streets
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.
Mayor seeks a reboot of Santa Rosa’s homeless strategy
The city may move away from expanding shelters to more services for the homeless in existing shelters.
Motel experiment changing lives of Santa Rosa homeless, veterans
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.
Thumbs up: Cleaning up rather than clearing out Santa Rosa's homeless
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.
Santa Rosa police move homeless from beneath Hwy. 101 overpasses
City crews gave the highway undercrossing sidewalks a deep cleaning Wednesday, pleasing neighbors but leaving some homeless wondering where they were going to go.
Expert: Stop 'fixing,' start housing Santa Rosa's homeless
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.
Murder trial ordered in killing of Ukiah homeless man
A Ukiah man will face trial on a murder charge in connection with the shooting death of a 20-year-old homeless man.
Count seeks handle on homeless numbers
The one-day census, which last year pegged the county’s homeless at nearly 3,000, will be finalized and released in April.
Santa Rosa homeless summit seeks solutions
An upcoming summit aims to further the dialogue on the homeless crisis in Santa Rosa and what can be done to solve it.
Hawaii bill would classify homelessness as medical condition
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.
The Living Room volunteer lifts spirits of homeless
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.
From homeless to ‘helping Petaluma’
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.
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