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May 12
2009

Homeless Census Report

Posted by Bruce Robinson in veterans , Sonoma , resources , policy , planning , nonprofit orgs , housing , homeless , government , families , employment , economy , drugs

Bruce Robinson
Using a new technique, this year's census of the homeless in Sonoma County found far more of them than prior surveys. But improved methodology is being cited as the reason for the higher count, rather than a surge in the homeless population.

 

In the 2007 Homeless Census, explains Jenny Helbraun Abramson, the process depended on inviting homeless people into community centers to be counted. This time, the outreach was more direct and more comprehensive.

Read the full report here: 

 Or go here for a history of the homeless counts in Sonoma County.

May 11
2009

Affordable Foreclosures

Posted by Bruce Robinson in Sonoma , planning , nonprofit orgs , housing , government , finances , families , events , environment , design , construction

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 Residential foreclosures can pose an opportunity for local government and agencies to increase the amount of affordable housing in their communities.

 The federal government's one-size-fits-all approach to the mortgage meltdown will not work everywhere in the country, says Erik Sten (right), a former City Commissioner in Portland, Oregon. He believes a more diversified strategy will be required.

 Erik Sten was in Santa Rosa to speak at the Leadership Breakfast for the Sonoma County Housing Coalition, the kick-off event for their Affordable Housing Week . The Coalition has a full schedule of events planned throughSaturday, May 16.

Erik Sten's new enterprise is Further Development LLC, a start-up that is now gathering capital for a demonstration project to intercede and help overextended homeowners avoid foreclosure.

 

 

May 10
2009

Filipino History

Posted by Bruce Robinson in Sonoma , rights , immigration , history , families , events , community

Bruce Robinson
Filipino-Americans are a growing presence in Sonoma County, with an interesting local history they are eager to share.

 The first Filipinos to travel to North America came aboard the Manila Galleons such as this, Spanish trading ships that traversed the Pacific ocean during the 1700s and 1800s. 

Most of the young Filipino men who came to California in the first half of the 20th century intended to eventually return home, but many of them never did.

 

 

 Remembering Our Manongs- Sonoma County's Filipino History   is a historical documentary film covering the first Filipino immigrants who traveled to the US and settled in Sonoma County during the First half of the 20th Century. The film will be broadcast on KRCB-TV, Channel 22 on Tuesday evening, May 12, at 9 pm.

Partial funding for the film came from  California Council for the Humanities through their California Stories grant with additional support from the Filipino American National Historical Society.  The Society's Sonoma County chapter is one of 30 across the country. Chapter president Delia  Lanosa Rapolla explains the organization's purpos in 5the audio clip below.

 

For more information about the film call (707) 294-3784.


 

May 07
2009

Parenting Guide

Posted by Bruce Robinson in youth , teens , students , Sonoma , resources , recreation , Ideas , Health , families , education , community , children , author , activism

Bruce Robinson

Parenting young children is a job that never takes a holiday-not even Mothers' Day. But it hasn't changed over the years as much as we might sometimes think.

  Here's an online review of Glko Wellman's Guiding Their Way -- Day by Day. 

 Children today are born into a very different society than their parents or grand-parents, observes Glo Wellman (left) . But the basic nature of the kids themselves is essentially the same as it has been for generations.

 

 

 

In addition to teaching Child Development at Santa Rosa Junior College Glo Wellman has been a long-time staff members at the California Parenting Institute.

 


 

 

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