A tragic story from Sacramento News & Review of another violent attack on homeless people reminds us that the most positive thing homeless service organizations can do for their clients is to help them find a way out of homelessness.
One paragraph in the story also reminds us that illegally camping in the American River Parkway has become standard practice among Sacramento’s homeless and states some of the reasons why.
“At the time of the assault, Martin and Price were gathering their belongings so they could resettle by the shrouded banks of the American River, where some friends had established a camp with their dogs. The women wanted to be closer to Sacramento Loaves & Fishes and other social services, but also felt the move would provide additional security. “We were really just trying to get away from it all … just trying to get to where it’s safer,” Martin said.”
Retrieved August 14, 2014 from http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/sacramento-attack-on-homeless-couple/content?oid=14421881