Shane Brand, a homeless veteran, knew the late Joseph “Joey” Graven as Googly Eyes. It was a nickname bestowed for Graven’s gentle spirit and good humor, even as he anxiously kept a knife close for protection.

Sacramento Stand Down, a three-day effort to help homeless veterans, needs volunteers.
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Unusual gala includes invited guests from the charities it serves.
A fire along the El Dorado Trail has prompted police to increase patrols and crack down on illegal camps along the bike path.
One study found that the number of homeless deaths remains consistent throughout the year. The elements continue to take a toll regardless of the season.

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