‘People want placement’: Sonoma County to clear Joe Rodota Trail homeless encampment

24 January 2023

Sonoma County officials on Tuesday are expected to begin clearing a homeless encampment on the Joe Rodota Trail where dozens of people and their pets have been living for weeks.

The county closed the trail Friday afternoon between Hampton Way and Dutton Avenue, where approximately 30 people were camped. Officials are aiming to reopen the trail by the end of the week, according to a Sonoma County news release.

Residents and advocates say they believe as many as 50 people live in the encampment near Roseland Avenue, where nearly 30 tents and makeshift shelters were visible Monday.

One woman appeared to be living out of a Jeep Wrangler, and dried clothing on a string tied between the vehicle and a shopping cart.

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