Special Coverage: Homelessness in Sonoma County

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.

Dutra, Rancho big news in 2014

The most read stories of 2014 from Petaluma360.com.

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

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.

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