Ruben Sobreyra at UC Davis. Photo courtesty of Ruben Sobreyra.

History & Profiles

Former SBHS student comes full circle

Ruben Sobreyra’s life journey has taken him from homelessness in Hollister to Japan internships and back to Hollister as a college graduate.

News Release

Governor Newsom releases proposed budget for 2022-2023

Budget intends to address COVID-19, climate change, homelessness, inequality and keep streets safe.

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.

Health

Outreach to homeless residents continues during COVID-19

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

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Health

Homeless senior population increasing

Aging seniors are increasingly likely to become homeless, which will have a big impact on local communities. The San Benito County Behavioral Health department is working to address homelessness.

Project Homeless Connect. Photo provided.

Health

San Benito County’s homeless census report

Community Services and Workforce Development says results show decrease in local homelessness.

Alma Smith spoke at the Sept. 16 Hollister City Council meeting and said she never thought she would end up in a homeless shelter. Photos by John Chadwell.

Health

Homeless shelter residents praise program

Two describe their stay at the HOME Resource Center.

Homeless at Dunne Park in Hollister. File photo by John Chadwell.

Health

Homeless population drops in new count

It’s the second lowest number in San Benito County since 2011.

Linda and Pat Lampe cutting the ribbon in front of Worth Saving Thrift Store. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Business / Economy

Worth Saving has grand opening

Hollister thrift store supports local low-income residents and homeless.

New section of county building that house Whole Person Care and the HOME Resource Center. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Health

HOME Resource Center open house showcases new facilities

Phase Two development includes laundry, kitchen and computer lab.

Fine art photographer Kirti Bassendine's exhibit was up for Arts Advocacy Day at the state capitol on April 23. Photo provided by Kirti Bassendine.

Art & Culture

Local artist Kirti Bassendine exhibits in Sacramento

San Benito County fine art photographer helps introduce the homeless to the community by sharing their stories of instability and disruption.

Photo provided by Community Services and Workforce Development.

Funding available for programs working to address homelessness

$150,000 expected to be available for San Benito County via the California Emergency Solutions and Housing program.

An artist rendering of the Wave Bench by Randolph Colosky planned to be installed at Dunne Park. Photo provided by San Benito Arts Council.

Art & Culture

Dunne Park getting new benches with artistic twist

Projects are aimed at attracting residents to the grounds while deterring homeless sleepers and vandalism.

Homeless at Dunne Park in Hollister. File photo by John Chadwell.

Health

County considers housing homeless in modular building

Woman shares how shelter and services have helped her since August.

Homeless encampment in San Benito County. File photo.

Health

Homeless census conducted in San Benito County

Count enables HUD to determine local funding needs.