Authorities in Placer County have in recent months stepped up enforcement against what they describe as a growing population of homeless campers in Auburn.

Many of them took their final breaths alone and anonymously, in narrow alleys, empty fields or cold riverbeds.

Social service agencies are gathering blankets, collecting coats and scrambling to find warm havens for hundreds of homeless people in the Sacramento area who face the prospect of sleeping outdoors in frigid temperatures this week.

In the old Gold Rush town of Placerville, born from rough-hewn mining camps, a heralded social experiment is packing up its tents today.

For as long as there have been trains, people have been riding them illegally. The practice continues, but with a modern spin, including websites, cell phones and Facebook pages.

Southside Park turns into rock concert, job and health fair for region’s homeless.

The head of the homeless services organization founded by Mayor Kevin Johnson has abruptly left his post.

Sacramento County’s “sanctuary” shelter program, which lets homeless men and women spend chilly nights inside houses of worship, will be open throughout the year if advocates can raise enough funds to sustain it, officials said.

David Frederick has been coming to Loaves & Fishes off and on since 2000. When Frederick arrived early Monday to the site of the Sacramento homeless shelter and advocacy organization, he hoped to be served a hot meal.

Chico City Council members have rejected a new ordinance that would have criminalized sitting or lying on the sidewalks of a specified Chico downtown area.

An organization that has operated a legal campground for homeless people in Placerville for the past year will present a request Sept. 10 to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to move the operation to county-owned land west of town.

For about eight years, Lawson Snipes has been advocating for a place where the homeless in Davis could store their belongings in lockers while at work or a job interview.

The new Next Move Sacramento housing complex is Sacramento County's first HUD-funded permanent supportive housing program for chronically homeless, disabled people who are 55 and older.

Under a hazy, sweltering afternoon sky, Lucky Proeung stood in his personal "cooling center" - a spot of shade beneath a crape myrtle tree along North B Street in industrial downtown Sacramento.

Confident that it has demonstrated a legal campground for homeless people can benefit the community, Placerville-based Hangtown Haven Inc. is looking to move its operation to a site on county-owned land west of town.

Loaves & Fishes, a Sacramento homeless shelter and advocacy organization, celebrated its 30th anniversary Wednesday with a parade that featured representatives from nonprofit organizations, homeless children and adults from all walks of life, and Mayor Kevin Johnson.

A snapshot of Sacramento County's 2013 homeless population shows that the total number of people without permanent shelter increased by 180 individuals since a similar count was conducted two years ago.

A jury began deliberations on Wednesday in the murder trial of an accused homeless hit man named Teng Thao.

Sacramento Steps Forward – the public-private nonprofit that manages the funding of Sacramento's homeless programs – has received more than $700,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for local housing programs for the homeless.

On the sidewalk in front of the lot at 12th and C streets where the Safe Ground Stake Down homeless fair is taking place, program participants from WIND Youth Services for formerly homeless teens had chalked a series of inspirational messages: "Hugs. Strength. Unity. Fight for the People."

The Safe Ground Stake Down homeless fair is the latest development in the four-year evolution of Sacramento's Safe Ground movement, whose goal is to provide safe temporary shelter for Sacramento's estimated 1,000 homeless people.

A judge on Tuesday denied a request to allow people to camp overnight for the weeklong duration of a homeless fair that begins today at 12th and C streets in Sacramento.

With the population growing older, mental health experts warned Monday of a coming tsunami of behavioral health care needs among elderly homeless people.

A weeklong event billed as both cultural and consciousness-raising will get under way Wednesday in an effort to spotlight issues of homelessness in Sacramento.

Citing the need to ensure equal treatment for indigent Californians, lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a homeless rights bill that they said has been narrowed to assuage the concerns of businesses and city governments.

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