SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) -- Volunteers in Sonoma County are hoping a new service will help address the homeless encampment along the Joe Rodota Trail which has become a problem for those who live nearby.
Twice a week volunteers from the Clean River Alliance roll through the mile of homeless people, picking up their trash.
"Well, it's necessary. When you lose your home you lose your trash service, too," said Chris Brokate, who runs the operation.
In the past two weeks, they have removed 25,000-pounds of blankets, boxes, food, and drug paraphernalia. That would be one method for cleaning up a homeless problem, while across town, close to 100 people used words at a fact-finding session.
Sonoma County has pledged to spend $12 million to build shelters and clear the Joe Rodota Trail in six months, if not sooner.
RELATED: Sonoma County Supervisors vote on $11.6 million plan to help homeless living on biking trail
"You find places that are designed or meant to house people," said Gerry Lalonde-Berg, who works with Sonoma County Human Services.
That could be the fairgrounds.
The county is also looking at buying houses and motels, and hearing mixed reviews about it.
Jason Kindle lives along the Rodota Trail. He doesn't believe $12 million can do the job.
"It will create a bureaucracy with no end in sight. Housing first without consequences and without sobriety is no different from this trail," said Kindle.
RELATED: Residents demand action after propane tank explodes at Santa Rosa homeless camp
Others, however, are hopeful.
James Newsom works next to a possible shelter site. He's encouraged about getting people off the streets.
"Yeah. We seem to be able to take care of the rest of the world. We should take care of our own people," said Newsom.
In Friday's meeting, an exchange of ideas, words that may eventually evolve into deeds in this county, where cleaning up has become more than a metaphor.
See more stories and videos about Building a Better Bay Area here.
New volunteer service aims to clean up homeless encampment along popular Santa Rosa trail
BUILDING A BETTER BAY AREA
More TOP STORIES News