Sonoma County Opens Homeless Court
April 22, 2016
Sonoma County’s rate of homelessness is three times the national average, with more than 3,000 individuals identified last year living either on the streets or in shelters. To assist in reducing the number of homeless individuals cited with infractions ranging from illegal camping to panhandling, the Sonoma County established a new Sonoma County Homeless Court.
This is the result of a partnership among the Task Force for the Homeless, Sonoma County Superior Court, Volunteer Center, Probation Department, Public Defender, District Attorney, Legal Aid, and several other organizations serving homeless people.
The Homeless Court is an effort to encourage greater access to the judicial system while removing hurdles that keep people from finding permanent housing. Please see this newspaper article for additional details.