(Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)

Officials with a South Coast city say they are trying to do something about a rash of brush fire started by homeless camps, but coronavirus concerns are complicating the efforts.

There have been two blazes during the last two weeks attributed to campsites between Fairview Avenue, and Los Carneros Road in Goleta.  No structures were damaged, but City of Goleta officials say they understand the concern among nearby residents and business owners.

A program providing medical care for Ventura County’s homeless is stepping up in a big way to fight coronavirus.

Dr. Tipu Khan is a Ventura County Medical Center doctor who heads “Operation Backpack.”  He says the program takes medicine to people living on the streets of Ventura County. 

In an effort to protect the homeless during the coronavirus crisis, 68 hotel rooms have been secured for their use.

The location of the hotel has not been revealed, according to Laura Dubbels, the Santa Barbara Housing & Human Services Manager.

Hundreds of volunteers got up early Wed nesday to meet the homeless population where they live, for a Point-In-Time count that started at 5:30 a.m.

The count is an effort to get an accurate idea of how many homeless people in Santa Barbara County are unsheltered and living outside, or sheltered in cars, couch surfing, or at designated shelters.

Homelessness has been a growing issue for much of the Central and South Coasts. But a program spearheaded by law enforcement in one community is trying to tackle it one person at a time.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Detective Chris Dyer just faced that issue in Camarillo. But instead of telling a homeless man to move along, he helped him find a path to get his life back on track, and reunite with his family.

Santa Barbara is taking an aggressive approach towards homeless camps they deem dangerous.

The city does not want to see large-scale cites, which had been established at times in the areas around the Ventura Riverbed, the Lompoc Riverbed, and Ormond Beach.

A packed room at the Santa Barbara Library brought some of key voices together to help look at solutions for homeless issues.

The Santa Barbara Alliance for Community Transportation cooperated with several agencies, including those dealing with housing, shelter services, police and city leaders.

Santa Barbara is increasing penalties for the misuse of shopping carts by those who have taken them off of a store's property, as well as businesses who don't collect them.

The city's Ordinance Committee takes up the issue Tuesday afternoon.

(Oxnard Police Department photo)

The skip loaders are moving on the South Coast as crews are removing some homeless camps which have popped up at a popular beach.

More than two dozen illegal camps were set up in the Ormond Beach area, upsetting some beach users and nearby residents.

Dee Dee’s Dog Spot is a Ventura business which caters to dogs, with everything from dog grooming to doggie day care. In addition to their regular clients, they try to help some dog owners who live outside the box. They and their pooches are homeless, which means the dogs can sometimes go hungry. The Humane Society of Ventura County is launching a new program to try to help, called Pantry for Paws.

A new report shows that the number of annual deaths among the homeless in Santa Barbara County held steady. But, it notes none of them in 2017 were related to exposure to the elements. The county has a Homeless Death Review Team intended to look at the causes of homeless deaths and what can be done to avert them.

Police say they're investigating the death of a homeless man who was struck and killed while he was lying on the ground in an alley in Ventura County.

It happened just after six Friday morning, in an alley off the 1400 block of East Los Angeles Avenue in Simi Valley.

Photo by PATH Santa Barbara

There’s a new program in Santa Barbara County that’s helping homeless people recover after leaving the hospital. 

Cottage Health has partnered with PATH Santa Barbara – an organization aimed at ending homelessness -- to launch the Cottage Recuperative Care Program.

Ventura County is trying to finalize plans to create a countywide homeless shelter system in cooperation with the county’s ten cities.

The proposal developed by county staff members calls for the county to match each city’s spending for shelters, and their operations on a 50-50 basis.

Drivers could feel the heat from a vegetation fire that grew quickly next to Highway 101 near Milpas Street at about 7:30 p.m Thursday.

Firefighters say that the flames were burning hot and fast when they pulled up to a site full of brush and known for homeless encampments.