Santa Rosa begins clearing homeless camps under Highway 101

25 June 2020

Kent Porter/The Press Democrat

Santa Rosa authorities began Wednesday trying to relocate about 90 homeless people living in several large encampments that have amassed at Highway 101 underpasses in the city over the past several months.

City homeless outreach specialists, police, public works employees and other city workers began removing the people and their belongings from underpasses stretching from Third Street to College Avenue Wednesday morning. They’d been alerted multiple times in the past few weeks that the operation would be occurring, said David Gouin, Santa Rosa housing and community services director.

Nineteen people had accepted housing assistance offers from the city and agreed to move, Gouin said. The others have been asked to stay in touch with outreach workers in case they change their minds.

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