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Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County

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?

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.

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