What is being done about encampments on public property?

The City is continuously monitoring, assessing, prioritizing, and responding to encampments throughout Santa Rosa. Our efforts are reflected on our Encampment Map. Encampments within the City are evaluated on a regular basis and prioritized for resolution relative to available resources and the severity of issues within each encampment (i.e., location/size, health/safety issues, fire risk, immediate hazards). Encampments which pose an immediate threat to health and safety are given the highest priority. For all other encampments, the City follows the protocols of the Homeless Encampment Assistance Program (HEAP) prior to resolving an encampment, including outreach in advance to provide those residing within the encampment with reasonable notice, an opportunity to be assessed for shelter and services, access to adequate shelter, storage of belongings, and a process to appeal a denial of any disability-related requests for reasonable accommodation.

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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. Is the City considering additional ordinances related to homeless encampments?
8. Why isn’t the City enforcing laws about vehicles/RVs parked on City streets for more than 72 hours?
9. How do I request signage to restrict street parking?
10. Why does the City move people from one encampment location to the next?
11. What is being done about illegal activity?
12. Is it helpful for me to give assistance directly to someone who is homeless, such as food, clothing, or money?
13. How can I help?