Few Options for Drenched, Flooded Homeless

Jan 11, 2017

Shelter at the Guerneville Veterans Building was temporarily expanded to 24 hours a day this week, in response to the flooding along the lower Russian River.
Credit Sonoma County Regional Parks

Even before the latest series of cold and wet winter storms raked the North Bay, some 1000 homeless people were living outdoors in the elements across Sonoma County. And service providers have been able to offer little more to help them as the weather worsened.

Highway 101 overpasses near downtown Santa Rosa. That has upset nearby homeowners and residents, which is understandable, says Heidi Prottas, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless. But the homeless there have no other options.