Why does the City move people from one encampment location to the next?

The City recognizes that efforts to resolve encampments in one area of the community have resulted in the relocation of individuals to other areas of the community – despite City actions to mitigate relocation through outreach, engagement, and the provision of services, shelter, and housing. The resources needed to address the scope of homelessness in the community are more than the City can currently provide. The City receives a high volume of homeless-related requests from business and commercial districts throughout Santa Rosa, as well as residential neighborhoods, community health clinics, and schools. Given competing requests, the City, through the Homeless Encampment Assistance Program (HEAP), must evaluate and prioritize encampments relative to available resources and the severity of issues within each encampment. The City currently only has resources to focus on one large encampment at a time while monitoring and managing other areas. This results in the growth of other encampments until they can be addressed.

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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?