Homelessness

Meet Two More of Our Unhoused Neighbors

Jul 9, 2018
Homeless camp
Sarah Reith

To better understand the housing crisis in our region, KZYX in Mendocino County has created a project that puts a human face on homelessness. Reporter Sarah Reith is listening to people living on the streets and sharing their stories with us.

Today we’ll begin in Fort Bragg, where Sarah met one woman who had just gotten a job as a live-in caregiver.

California Update for Thursday, June 28, 2018

Jun 28, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• The California budget signed Wednesday by Governor Jerry Brown includes several pieces intended to help address the state’s homelessness crisis.

 

• An often overlooked part of retiring U-S Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s legacy is the mark he made on California’s prison system. 

Today's stories written by Ben Adler.

Homeless Portraits: Mendocino County

Jun 26, 2018
Homeless camp
Steve Mencher / KRCB - North Bay Public Media

Our neighbors at KZYX, Mendocino County's Public and Community Radio have started an essential project. They’re talking to homeless people in the county – with the goal of putting a human face on this social catastrophe. Reporter Sarah Reith talked with three people who are currently living on the streets in Ukiah. The first one, James Hoffman, is a bit difficult to understand – but worth the effort.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

• California lawmakers hope voters will free up $2 billion in housing bonds for the homeless that have been stalled in court.

 

• The Red Cross has set up a shelter due to the Pawnee Fire in Lake County that has forced three-thousand people to evacuate.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Drew Sandsor.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

• Among the biggest winners in the state budget deal that lawmakers will vote on this week are University of California and California State University students. Gov. Jerry Brown agreed to more money to prevent tuition increases and boost enrollment.

• There’s half a billion dollars in emergency money to help cities and counties fight homelessness in the California budget deal announced Friday by Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers.

Today's reporting by Ben Adler.

Signs on Joe Rodota trail
Steve Mencher / KRCB - North Bay Public Media

Fences went up Wednesday morning on the Joe Rodota Trail between Dutton and Roseland Avenues in Santa Rosa, closing the trail to the public and blocking off an encampment of homeless men and women who were cleared from the area. 

Earlier this week we talked with residents of the trail and homeless advocates. Wednesday we followed a few of the social service providers and public safety officers working to assist and move residents.

Felicity Gasser of the Sonoma County Community Development Commission explained who was working the trail Wednesday morning.

Renee Patterson
Corinne Smith

An estimated 100 homeless residents camping on the Joe Rodota Trail in Santa Rosa are packing their things in advance of yet another mass eviction by Sonoma County authorities citing a recent assault of a bike commuter as well as health and safety concerns.

California Update for Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018
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• Technology company IBM is proposing to get into the education business in California.

• Legislative Democrats have settled on their top priorities in California budget negotiations with Governor Jerry Brown.

Today's reporting by Ben Bradford and Ben Bradford.

California Update for Thursday, April 12, 2018

Apr 12, 2018
Charlie Nguyen / Flikr

• A new statewide agreement in California will make it easier for community college students to graduate with a bachelor's degree.

• Mayors from 11 California cities are continuing to make a big ask for investments in solutions to their homelessness crises.

Today's reporting by Randol White and Adhiti Bandlamudi.

Adrienne Lauby
KRCB/Steve Mencher

Today, we’re returning to a meeting held November 27 that focused on two issues: rental housing and homelessness. At Christ Church United Methodist on Monday, several dozen people, including elected officials and housing advocates, sought solutions to elements of the housing crisis that were made worse by the North Bay fires.

Kendall Jarvis
KRCB/Steve Mencher

Before the North Bay fires, Sonoma County was in a housing crisis. After the fires – the crisis has become an ongoing catastrophe. Several dozen people met Monday evening at Christ Church United Methodist in Santa Rosa to talk about the fire’s effects on renters and the homeless.

Tiffany Camhi

First the city of Santa Rosa vacated and cleaned out the tent city at Farmers Lane and Bennett Valley Road, also known as Homeless Hill. Now the city is targeting the Sixth Street encampment under the 101 highway. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports these cleanups are part of Santa Rosa’s new homeless strategy, called Housing First.

New Partnership to Aid Sebastopol-Area Homeless

May 5, 2017
Bruce Robinson / KRCB-FM

For years, the aging Village Park campground and trailer park at the eastern edge of Sebastopol was a problem site, subject to flooding, poverty and other issues. Now it is poised to help answer to the city’s homelessness concerns.

As a nod to the changes at the property—which will continue to be owned by city of Sebastopol-- it will be formally renamed Park Village. West County Community Services will become a key presence there, adds Executive director, Tim Miller.

It’s a family affair this week in eTown, as mother-and-son folk duo Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear pull up a couple of stools and share their intimate and soulful brand of acoustic music for the listening audience. Also with us is Canadian-born / Nashville-based singer/songwriter Lindi Ortega. After extensive touring as a backup singer for The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, Lindi decided to step to front of the stage, where quickly her music has already been nominated for two Juno Awards and two Canadian Country Music Awards.

Tiny Homes Project Nearly Ready to Begin Building

Mar 23, 2017

fter being announced last year, a project to build a dozen tiny houses for homeless vets is hoping to break ground this summer and test the viability of a novel form of affordable housing. 

Project Manager John “Yohan” Morgan says the initial residents will each be encouraged to put their personal stamp on their small new homes.

Non-profit Serves Homeless Pet Owners

Mar 9, 2017
Homeless With Pets

Pet owners are deeply attached to their dogs, cats, birds and other animals, and that doesn’t change if they become homeless. But their ability to care for their pets may. That’s where an unusual and specially focused non-profit steps in to help.

More than two thirds of the pets kept by homeless people locally are dogs, says Gillian Squirrell, founder of Homeless With Pets. But that other third encompasses considerable variety.

Adopting a New Model for Reducing Homelessness

Jan 31, 2017

A call to radically rethink how homeless services are structured and provided locally found a generally receptive audience in Santa Rosa this week.  Now the challenge is to implement those ideas.

The Homeless Solutions Summit was well attended by a full spectrum of people concerned about homelessness in Sonoma County. Jennielynn Holmes of Catholic Charities says she thinks the event will mobilize changes.

Rethinking How to End Homelessness

Jan 30, 2017

To cure homelessness, give priority to the most challenging individuals. That radical rethinking of the issue served as the starting point for the two-day Summit on Homeless Solutions that began Monday  in Santa Rosa.

 Using a triage process--similar to that employed in a hospital's emergency room-- to determine who among the homeless is in the greatest need may seem like a resource-intensive approach.  And in some ways it is. But in the big picture, says Iain De Jong, it is also surprisingly cost-effective.

Few Options for Drenched, Flooded Homeless

Jan 11, 2017
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.

Tiffany Camhi

The San Rafael City Council wants to crack down on people living in recreational vehicles and cars. But some homeless advocates are saying a new city ordinance could push this population out on the streets. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

'Homeless Talk' Opening Conversations in Santa Rosa

Sep 27, 2016

What do the people of Santa Rosa think about homelessness in their city? A series of facilitated public conversations is about to get started in an effort to gauge public opinion—and ideas.

Each of the planned gatherings (see a partial schedule here) will open with a short informational video about their purpose and intentions. You can preview it below.

Simon Tiles

The Ritter Center in downtown San Rafael is Marin County's major provider of homeless services. But after years of public nuisance complaints from residents and business owners, the center has been in danger of shutting down. To avert that, the city of San Rafael and Ritter are working together to keep homeless services accessible in Marin. KRCB's Tiffany Camhi reports.

Find more information on services provided by The Ritter Center at its website.