Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County
Petaluma police assign dedicated officer for homeless outreach
The Petaluma Police Department plans to assign an existing officer to focus full-time on the city’s homeless population, a new role meant to help turn the tide in a decades-long effort to connect more homeless people with services and stave off related crimes.
Police conduct cleanup of trash from homeless encampments along the river
The Petaluma Police Department led a collaborative effort to clean up trash from six homeless encampments along a section of the river on Tuesday, June 16.
Petaluma has help ready for homeless
The homeless and transient camps throughout Petaluma appear to be filled with people who can’t find a way to escape poverty.
Petaluma police break down homeless camps
Petaluma Police officers have been working overtime to clean up dozens of illegal transient encampments around town that are threats to public health and safety and the environment.
Homeless get Sonoma County lift from Catholic Charities
For more than a year, Blanca Zapata and Amber Hernandez, a pair of Sonoma County sisters, have tried to find permanent housing after struggling with work cuts for Zapata and, for Hernandez, an accident that left her partially paralyzed.
Finding ways to do more for Sonoma County’s homeless
Committee on the Shelterless chief Mike Johnson insists it’s imperative that Sonoma County adopt a dramatically new tact against homelessness.
Dying homeless: Life on the streets often leads to an early death
In the hours and days after the discovery of the eighth homeless person found dead outside in the city last year, Petaluma Police detectives were looking for answers to what killed 60-year-old Michael Lee Patton, who was found lying face down on a downtown sidewalk just before Christmas.
New walkways at Walnut Park
Earthmovers and construction equipment dig up Maureen Frances’ beloved Walnut Part and she could not be happier.
County extends ‘Code Blue’ advisory
Area shelters asked to expand their bed capacities as cold temperatures continue
Homicide ruled out in downtown death
Autopsy reveals head injury did not contribute to homeless man’s death
Homeless man found dead in downtown Petaluma
Police are investigating and have not yet ruled out homicide
County commits $3.3M to affordable housing
Sonoma County supervisors on Tuesday approved $3.3 million for new affordable housing developments in the Sonoma Valley and southwest Santa Rosa for low-income families, as well as farmworker housing in Larkfield.
Yet another body found by the river
In what has become a disturbing trend in Petaluma, on Sunday the body of a man was found near the waterfront.
Causes vary in homeless deaths
A review by the Petaluma Police Department into a recent spate of deaths of people discovered outside and believed to be homeless, found few details linking them, police said this week.
Homeless face eviction
Petaluma police said recent efforts to control homeless encampments has already shown results. During a second sweep of the camps on Tuesday, many were found to be abandoned.
Argus-Courier Editorial: City’s homeless continue dying
“You can’t raise rents 30 percent in the last three years and not dislodge people.” -Mike Johnson, CEO of COTS More dead bodies are turning up around town.
Small explosive sets off fire
Police are looking for whoever set off a small, crudely made device near the Lynch Creek Trail Friday morning, that set off of a small vegetation fire.