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Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County

Homicide ruled out in downtown death

Autopsy reveals head injury did not contribute to homeless man’s death

Body found downtown identified

Police say cause of death still undetermined

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.

County prepares to house more homeless this winter

After scrambling last winter to mobilize help for the homeless amid a prolonged cold snap, service agencies and local governments are working on a more organized approach this year that includes adding 50 extra winter beds at Samuel L.

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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