Steve Loupe giving his update on roads to the Board of Supervisors Sept. 27. Image from video of the meeting.

Government / Politics

SBC looking to slow down drivers, return unused funds

Planners set to consider the John Smith Road Landfill Draft Environmental Impact Report Oct. 12.

Tents along the railroad near Taco Bell on San Felipe Road in Hollister. Photo by Noe Magaña.


San Benito County sets goal of cutting homelessness by 50% in 5 years

The plan includes performance targets of services, such as increasing the use of H.O.M.E. shelter and adding housing for extremely low-income residents.

Tiny houses at the Migrant Center. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Tiny House village for homeless families taking shape in Hollister

5 transitional housing units will soon be installed and a total 16 units are planned.

Hollister Police Department vehicle. BenitoLink photo

News Release

Hollister conducts river clean up

Police said the event resulted in the removal of over 16 encampments, 14 truckloads of garbage and 1 ton of metal.

Board of Supervisors on July 27. Photo by Noe Magaña.


Homeless project halted under pressure from businesses

San Benito County supervisors scratch temporary shelter on Flynn Road plan as leaders voice concern over economic development impact.

Larry Avira said he hopes to recover from his addiction, find permanent housing and get a job at Amazon. Photo by John Chadwell.


How a hard-drinking Hollister man has come from living on the streets to sobriety and shelter

Larry Avira believes he is on the road to recovery from addiction and homelessness. He’s looking for permanent housing and a new job.

Last January, Larry Avira was using drugs and alcohol, and was homeless living near the railroad tracks on the north side of Hollister. On July 8 he was sober, and one of the first to inhabit one of the six transition units just opened. He hopes to apply for a job at the new Amazon facility being built just down the street. Photo by John Chadwell.


San Benito County aims to move its homeless population into permanent housing

From modular homes for homeless families, to an encampment for people transitioning from life in the riverbed, the county wants everyone sheltered.

Ariana White and Chad Wicklund have been together over a year. She is pregnant, works full time and doesn't know what will happen when they are forced to move out of the river. Photo by John Chadwell.

Homelessness has a face

There are nearly 100 homeless living in the riverbed. Where they will end up is anyone's guess, but many will not accept help or go home to family who live in the city.

Homeless encampment below 4th Street bridge. Photo by John Chadwell.


County set to remove homeless encampments, trash from San Benito River

Sheriff’s deputies give 72-hour notice to people living in the riverbed.

Photo courtesy of CSWD.

Government / Politics

Community input session on youth, homeless, housing, employment

The Community Action Board will hold a virtual meeting on April 8 to gather thoughts and concerns on poverty.

Larry Avira has been homeless for seven years and lives on beyond the wall of a subdivision of new homes. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

The wall between home ownership and homelessness

Homeowners claim DeNova Homes misled them about the homeless situation near new homes and they fear those who live by railroad tracks.

HOME Resource Center in Hollister. File photo by Noe Magaña.


COVID-19 outbreak hits homeless shelter

No new clients will be accepted while those exposed are in quarantine.

Photo by Laura Romero.


Youth Alliance sets 100-day goal to fight homelessness

Avenida program brings housing assistance and job skills training.

A homeless encampment that moved from Dunne Park to the empty lot on Fourth Street in Hollister next to Briggs building, October 2020. Photo by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Shopping cart ordinance sign of bigger issue with Hollister’s homeless

If approved with a second reading on Oct. 19, it would allow the city to remove shopping carts from parks, sidewalks and other public places.

Linda Lampe, owner of outreach center My Father’s House and pastor with Hollister Community Outreach, prepares food for Hollister homeless. File photo by John Chadwell.


Outreach to homeless residents continues during COVID-19

Facilities change standard procedures to provide care for San Benito County’s transient population.