homeless youth

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.

SAY, Supporters Getting Ready for ‘One Cold Night’

Oct 29, 2016

Social Advocates for Youth’s new Dream Center in northeast Santa Rosa opened its doors last spring, and saw its available beds for homeless youth filled immediately. Now they are staging an unusual pubic event to call attention to the needs they are working to serve.

SAY’s Dream Center Takes Shape

Aug 6, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

The complex transformation of a former hospital into a residential and support center for homeless youth is well underway. Parent organization Social Advocates for Youth is offering occasional tours of the facility in transition. After visiting the site this week, KRCB’s Bruce Robinson filed this update.

  The first priority for SAY right now is to be able to open the doors of the Dream Center. Communications Manager Caitlin Childs says that will also allow the first group of residents to help shape some of the final details at the new facility.

COTS Re-opens Doors to Family Shelter

Jun 28, 2015

This week in Petaluma COTS, or Committee on the Shelterless, re-opens its facility to help homeless families, after shutting its doors three years ago. The shelter is located at 1500 Petaluma Blvd South. 

SAY's Dream Center Advances

Mar 26, 2014
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

The SAY Dream Center, a new housing and service center for homeless youth in Santa Rosa’s Bennett Valley, has been controversial in the neighborhood around the former Warrack Hospital site. But it received unanimous support from the city’s Planning Commission two months ago, and further undivided backing from the Santa Rosa City Council last night.  To find out what happens next, KRCB’s Bruce Robinson spoke with the man behind the project.

Care in the Cold

Dec 20, 2013

  A growing number of the homeless across Sonoma County are young people, who are now estimated to be a quarter of that population. Social Advocates for Youth is one of the local agencies offering services to those youth, and on The Exchange today, Bruce Robinson talks with one of their staff members who is out on the front lines.

SAY Hosts Cold-weather Dream Walk

Dec 5, 2013

More than a thousand young people spend their nights outside and homeless in Sonoma County every night, and 85% of them were born or raised here. To call attention to their situation, Social Advocates for Youth is hosting a special event they’re calling a Youth Dream Walk tomorrow night in downtown Santa Rosa. Bruce Robinson talks about it with SAY’s Cat Cvengros on today’s Exchange segment.

Seeking More Options for Sonoma County’s Homeless

Dec 3, 2013

  Frosty nights and homelessness are a bad—sometimes even lethal—combination. But new resources to provide warmth and shelter are slow to come online.

The idea of providing designated parking for people to spend the nights in their cars is new to this area, but Georgia Berland of the Sonoma County Task Force on the Homeless points to a successful similar program in southern California.