- A secure location, sanctioned by the city & operated by the residents
- A place with clean water, toilets, and garbage collection
- A place where residents can be free from harassment and danger
- A place where homeless people can access services they need to turn their lives around
Every day, more than 1,200 homeless men, women, and children are struggling to make it on Sacramento County’s streets. Homelessness is not a new problem. But a bad economy means more people on the streets, and fewer government dollars to help them.
Making it a crime to be homeless means even fewer can work their way out. The City’s “camping ordinance” makes it illegal for anyone to use or store camping paraphernalia on public property. It makes being homeless a crime.The constant threat of arrest, the lack of sleep and of sanitary conditions, exacerbates any mental or physical impairment that may have contributed to their homelessness in the first place. And the lack of “safe ground” – where homeless people can stay, leave their belongings and be more accessible to service providers, lessens the chance they will be able to work their way out of homelessness.