Being Homeless in Sacramento

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.

The paragraph:

“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

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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