Even before the latest series of cold and wet winter storms raked the North Bay, some 1000 homeless people were living outdoors in the elements across Sonoma County.
And service providers have been able to offer little more to help them as the weather worsened.
Highway 101 overpasses near downtown Santa Rosa. That has upset nearby homeowners and residents, which is understandable, says Heidi Prottras, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Task Force for the Homeless. But the homeless there have no other options.