Homelessness in west county: A special project of Sonoma West Publishers | Sonoma West Times And News – California News

Homelessness in west county: A special project of Sonoma West Publishers | Sonoma West Times And News – California News

Two months ago, we challenged ourselves to take a fresh look at the issue of homelessness in the lower river communities. We already knew a lot; we knew a bit of the history, we had a pretty good idea about the current situation and we’ve been following the conversations about what to do to address what seems to be an intractable problem. During our reporting and editing process, we learned more. We are grateful for the givers, the social workers, medical professionals and volunteers who show up week after week and chip away at the endless series of small problems that confound experts, residents and families. We are grateful for the thoughtful and compassionate law enforcement leaders who spoke to us from their experience and from their hearts. We are grateful for the people who are homeless who spoke to us about a desire for dignity, for understanding, or simply for a hot shower.

In this week’s special report you’ll be able to read about the history of homelessness in west county, the current state of the situation and what solutions may be forthcoming. You’ll also read about services, people and perspectives on the problem. To get involved, mark your calendar for August 23, when Fifth District Supervisor Lynda Hopkins is convening a meeting to take a fresh look at the issue.

This is not a comprehensive look at the problem; there are so many more stories we haven’t told or have to tell more fully. We didn’t tell you (yet) about the camp at Vacation Beach, a matriarchal tribe that is looking for stability and peace. Watch the…

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