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Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County

Mike Harris to lead public tour of COTS homeless shelter

A public tour of COTS’ (Committee on the Shelterless) Mary Isaak Center is scheduled for Thursday, August 3 from 5:30 to 6: 30.

Sonoma County’s safe-parking program scales down

Sonoma County’s safe-parking program, a widely-praised effort providing sanctioned locations where homeless people can sleep in their cars overnight, is shrinking starting today.

County seeks savings in boost of mental health care for homeless

The $17 million outlay, shared by Sonoma County and the federal government, is meant to address the outsize public cost of a small number of people with complex medical issues.

Petaluma police clean up homeless camps

Petaluma police Thursday hauled about 20 yards of garbage and waste from a series of homeless encampments.

Poll: No county funding for immigrant defense

Respondents to an online Argus-Courier poll said that they do not agree with the county spending $2 million to set up a legal defense fund for undocumented immigrants.H

Poll: Don’t cut funding for homeless services

Respondents to an online Argus-Courier poll said that Petaluma should not cut the level it funds the Committee on the Shelterless.

Funding cuts threaten Petaluma homeless services

The city’s proposed budget contains cuts for COTS, with a hearing to adopt the budget set for May 15.

SMART cleaning up tracks ahead of train service

The commuter rail agency is making an effort to remove homeless camps along the tracks in Petaluma.

Sobriety program for homeless people yields results in Petaluma

The year-old outreach effort, 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.

Petaluma homeless advocates team up with library

The Committee on the Shelterless is connecting with the homeless population where they spend much of their time — at the library.

Bruce Cohn went from being 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.

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?

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