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Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County

County poised to propose $300 million housing bond for November election

Supporters hope the bond measure can be used to spur new housing development in the region and leverage additional state and federal money. It would be separate from a $4 billion housing bond on the statewide ballot.

Sonoma County postpones closing Roseland homeless encampment to April 19

A county lawyer offered the new April 19 date in a memo Friday to U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria, who in a hearing in San Francisco the day before had directed county housing officials to consider postponing the closure of the Roseland tent village by three weeks.

Judge: County can’t shut down Roseland homeless camps yet

A federal judge Monday temporarily blocked Sonoma County’s planned eviction of the numerous homeless people who are living in tents behind a Dollar Tree store in southwest Santa Rosa.

Police log Feb 28 to March 6

Police LogHere are some of the cases the Petaluma police responded to recently. The Argus-Courier publishes the names of people arrested for serious crimes such as those involving physical injury, property loss or damage of property, including burglary, battery, vandalism and drunken driving.

A rain culvert serves as this homeless artist’s Petaluma gallery

Michael and Angela Koerber have made the Caltrans lot on Payran Street their makeshift home and studio.

Frigid North Bay temps drive homeless shelters to capacity

Homeless advocate: “The concern is, ‘If I fall asleep, will I wake up?’ ”

Helping Out: Crowd-funding efforts aid local projects

Petalumans seek help with new teen crisis center, football tunnel and photo project

New Petaluma center planned for at-risk kids

The Petaluma Salvation Army is getting a facelift and will serve nonprofits that work with troubled youth.

Homeless man sought in connection with Petaluma stabbing

Police believe Steven Charles Molina stabbed another man multiple in the back during an argument in the open fields south of Hopper Street, the Petaluma Police Department said in a statement.

Solutions to homelessness come with their own challenges

Methods to end homelessness or significantly reduce the problem come with financial and political hurdles. Here’s a look at some of the key strategies and their challenges.

A home for the holidays for Petaluma family

The Vega family, once homeless, found housing in Petaluma through a COTS program.

County seeks solution to growing Roseland homeless camp

The county says everyone living behind the Dollar Tree on Sebastopol Road needs to leave eventually to make room for the property’s long-planned redevelopment.

After fires, teen leader of Operation Blanket, family are left homeless

‘I can understand it a lot more — how it feels if somebody’s sad that they lost their home. Now I understand how they feel even more,’ says Ian Rich, who founded the organization in 2014 to provide blankets for local homeless.

Petaluma’s COTS sheltering fire victims

The Petaluma homeless service nonprofit took in 10 newly displaced people at its Mary Isaak Center.

Supervisors, Santa Rosa to discuss fire recovery, housing

In a rare joint meeting, Sonoma County and Santa Rosa officials will discuss the extreme shortage of housing options and a homeless rate more than three times the national average.

Petaluma officers patrol rough terrain with new vehicles

Homeless outreach officers use UTVs to access hard to reach areas of Petaluma.

Police: Knife-wielding homeless man arrested in downtown Petaluma

A Santa Rosa man was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of brandishing a knife at a security guard after he was asked to leave a downtown Petaluma bar for being unruly.

Petaluma police remove homeless encampment

Petaluma Police on Thursday led a cleanup of a homeless encampment along the Petaluma River.

$500,000 grant will fund new program to address homelessness in Petaluma

Petaluma’s Committee on the Shelterless has received a $500,000 grant aimed at helping the organization provide quicker, better aid to clients.

Hope for Sonoma County’s homeless crime victims

Out of the District Attorney’s Office comes a program that provides services for victims of assault and other crimes.

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