Palms Inn Houses Santa Rosa’s Homeless Vets

JUN. 22, 2016

One of the VA’s top priorities is to house all homeless Veterans. Addressing that challenge, Sonoma County, California, has prioritized creating additional housing to support homeless Veterans and other local citizens in need.  Also embracing the initiative is our Santa Rosa VA Clinic, whose staff is fervently dedicated to ending Veteran homelessness.

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Santa Rosa's Palms Inn housing for homeless, veterans now full

MAY 8, 2016

Rex Bishop, one of the first homeless veterans to move into The Palms Inn — a former motel now fully converted into permanent housing for homeless people — has only had his new room in Santa Rosa for two months, but he has already become an ambassador ...


Social Entrepreneur Akash Kalia Receives Community Service Award

APR. 29, 2016

Social entrepreneur Akash Kalia, who converted his parents’ floundering hotel into permanent housing for 140 chronically homeless people and veterans, received a community service merit award April 25 from the city of Santa Rosa, Calif.

Entrepreneur Akash Kalia Converts Motel into Shelter for Homeless, Veterans

APR. 10, 2016

A young Indian American has converted his parents’ struggling motel in Santa Rosa, Calif., into a 104-room facility to provide housing for chronically homeless people and veterans, the first such center in the nation.

Santa Rosa motel opens doors to 104 homeless

FEB. 15, 2016

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KTVU) - An old motel in Santa Rosa is about to be converted into housing for 104 homeless people.  Sixty of the new residents will be veterans.


First tenants of Santa Rosa motel converted to homeless housing moving in

FEB. 14, 2016

The new tenants — 60 homeless veterans and 44 chronically homeless people — are beginning to move into their new digs at The Palms starting this week, said Jennielynn Holmes, director of shelter and housing for Catholic Charities, which is spearheading the south Santa Rosa project.


Close to Home: Celebrating a 104-room success story

FEB. 13, 2016

Sometimes something good happens that everyone — local, state and national governments, nonprofit human service agencies and private enterprise — can be proud of.


Santa Rosa motel converted to housing for homeless selects first resident

JAN. 17, 2016

It took less than two months for Rodney Hill to fall into homelessness after he got out of the Sonoma County Jail, where in 2011 he’d spent nine months for a probation violation. But he got used to it. Being homeless this time would be easier than last because he’d kicked his drug addiction, and anything was better than being locked up.


Santa Rosa motel set for switch to housing for homeless, veterans

DEC. 20, 2015

An experiment is underway at a motel on a downtrodden stretch of Santa Rosa Avenue just outside the city limits.

If successful, supporters say it could provide permanent lodging for Sonoma County’s most imperiled homeless people and save taxpayers thousands of dollars per year by steering residents away from emergency rooms, jails and other high-cost treatment facilities.


Santa Rosa hotel could become housing for homeless, veterans

OCT. 19, 2015

Work is underway to convert a Santa Rosa Avenue hotel into housing for low-income residents, a transformation spurred by a host of economic troubles at the site that local officials say could provide much-needed rental units amid Sonoma County’s tight housing market.