Is it helpful for me to give assistance directly to someone who is homeless, such as food, clothing, or money?

The best and most impactful way to help someone who is experiencing homelessness is to connect them to the services and options for shelter that are available to them. The City’s non-profit partners provide food, clothing, shelter, housing, and other supportive services to meet the immediate needs of homeless community members, and are committed to helping to solve the critical, ongoing issue of homelessness in Santa Rosa.

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1. What is the City doing to address the growing homeless problem in our community?
2. If the City is investing more to address homelessness, why are we seeing more homeless people in our community?
3. Where can people go rather than living on the streets?
4. What is being done about encampments on public property?
5. What can be done about encampments on private property?
6. What are the legal constraints to the City’s ability to address encampments?
7. Why isn’t the City enforcing laws about vehicles/RVs parked on City streets for more than 72 hours?
8. Why does the City move people from one encampment location to the next?
9. What is being done about illegal activity?
10. Is it helpful for me to give assistance directly to someone who is homeless, such as food, clothing, or money?
11. How can I help?