The latest news in the ongoing homelessness debate in California comes to us from Sonoma County, located north of San Francisco and west of Sacramento. Officials there have unveiled a controversial new plan to provide housing for the homeless, many of whom have been camping out on the Joe Rodota Trail, a paved hiking and biking trail popular with locals and tourists alike. It’s less popular now, however, since it’s crowded with illegal homeless encampments. In fact, the Sonoma County Park Service has issued a warning for people to avoid a large section of the trail because of “safety concerns caused by illegal encampments.”
So what’s the plan? The county is looking at spending millions of taxpayer dollars to purchase three large apartment complexes and convert them to public housing for the homeless. There’s just one major snag to the plan that has the locals up in arms. There are already people living there and paying rent on the apartments, so they’ll have to be kicked out to make room for the new, transient neighbors. (CBS San Francisco)
A controversial plan to solve the homeless crisis has people fired up in Sonoma County where officials plan to spend millions of dollars to buy three properties that would be used to house the homeless.
All three properties have one thing in common. They’re big and have multiple units, but many of those units are currently occupied by tenants.
“I’m sure the tenants have been asked to leave,” said Allen Thomas. He lives near one of the three properties, 811 Davis Street in Santa Rosa.
Neighbors said it’s counterproductive to evict renters to house the homeless.