Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County
Inspired by struggle, Petaluman becomes homeless advocate
For Commiteee on the Shelterless’ Volunteer Coordinator Indigo Perry, helping Petaluma’s homeless population is personal.
Homelessness widens in Sonoma County, along with efforts to help
The problem continues to outstrip the capacity of available services, even as local governments and nonprofit groups pour more money into long-term solutions.
Petaluma teen found in Sebastopol
The 13‑year‑old Petaluma teen missing for almost 48 hours was found in Sebastopol Wednesday by family members.
Police seek missing Petaluma teen
The boy, 13, had recently said he wanted to live among Guerneville’s homeless, according to police. He was last seen Monday.
Sonoma County seeks ways to alleviate housing shortage
Builders, real estate professionals, housing advocates and elected officials will gather Thursday to discuss how best to boost the region’s housing supply.
Early storms strain network of Sonoma County homeless shelters
Homeless residents are seeking shelter in greater numbers as the weather turns wet, but additional winter beds won’t be made available until Nov. 1.
Police remove homeless encampments from two Petaluma locations
Petaluma police joined forces with a group of volunteers to clean up a scattering of six illegal homeless encampments from Shollenberger Park and the 400 block of Hopper Street this Saturday, according to a news release from the department.
Probing the panhandling dilemma in Sonoma County
For many people, whether or not to give, and what to give to people on the street is a daily question. So, what’s the right thing to do?
Plight of Santa Rosa’s homeless residents grows suddenly more visible
Jennifer Badolato’s banged-up red Nissan is more than just a car. It’s her home.The Santa Rosa woman doesn’t make enough money in her job at Walmart to afford an apartment in Sonoma County, where rents have skyrocketed over the past four years to an average of $1,700 a month.S
COTS needs help to fight homelessness
Petaluma’s Committee on the Shelterless is a tremendous community asset, providing shelter and other services to some of Petaluma’s most vulnerable residents, many of whom would be forced to live hard on the city’s streets.B
Police remove large homeless camp along Petaluma River
Petaluma police joined volunteers from two homeless service organizations in a large-scale operation to remove several illegal encampments along the banks of the Petaluma River on Monday, according to an announcement by the Petaluma Police Department.
Petaluma homeless services at risk
Petaluma’s Committee on the Shelterless is considering the possibility of future service cuts or even the chance of closure for its celebrated homeless shelter program after losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding.
Grant helps fund Petaluma homeless outreach, cleanup
Efforts to target issues around homelessness in Petaluma recently took another big step forward in the form of a sizable grant, which will support hiring of a coordinator for a collaborative between law enforcement and service agencies.
Living near SMART tracks, Petaluma homeless face danger
Officials with the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit authority have been working with police and homeless advocates for months to encourage people to stay clear of the track right-of-way. The result has been an exodus of people from the tracks.
Petaluma’s homelessness efforts paying off
Recent outreach from Petaluma police coupled with enhanced services from local nonprofits are bearing fruit — numbers of homeless people in Petaluma are on the decline.