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Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County

 

High number of homeless deaths spark action

The discovery of a third body this month near the Petaluma River on Tuesday night has prompted police to take a hard look at the number of similar deaths in Petaluma in the past four years and what, if anything, can be done to prevent more. 

 

Update: Deceased man discovered in an encampment in Shollenberger Park

Police were called to Shollenberger Park Monday afternoon to investigate the report of a dead body.

 

County to focus on most vulnerable homeless

Sonoma County is taking steps toward a complete overhaul in the way homeless people are placed in temporary shelters, with officials sharpening their focus on getting the most imperiled people off the streets while ending the first-come, first-served practice that has long allocated overnight space at shelters countywide. 

 

Sonoma County supervisors OK dramatic shift on homelessness

Sonoma County’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved $900,000 to launch a sweeping overhaul of its policies on homelessness, backing an approach that provides the homeless with immediate housing before linking them with social services such as substance abuse counseling and mental health treatment. 

 

Affordable housing crisis in Sonoma County

Jill DiPaolo, a single mom who lives in temporary housing for formerly home- less people in Petaluma, has been searching for a permanent apartment for her and her 4-year-old son for months.

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