Housing the Homeless

It is a complicated process but the strategy we recommend is that of a Homeless Transformation Campus, which we wrote about in a recent Press Release, and is the only method we have found that addresses the various housing needs of the entire homeless community.

Still, the recent increase of funds for homeless housing, as reported by the Sacramento Bee, is a good idea.

An excerpt.

Sacramento County supervisors Tuesday increased spending on homeless residents by $724,000, but advocates blasted county leaders for moving $131,500 planned for shelter beds into other homeless services, saying extra beds are needed for the predicted wet winter.

Supervisors face pressure to address the problem of illegal camping on the American River Parkway and to help provide winter housing after cutting a county-funded shelter at Cal Expo during the recession. The $724,000 is in addition to the $17 million in “homeless-related services” the county has already budgeted this year.

The additional spending proposal originally included $131,500 for 38 beds at The Salvation Army through March 2016. County staff originally thought the beds were needed to supplement the county’s existing emergency shelter capacity of 573 beds, which are operated by a variety of nonprofits and church groups.

But supervisors decided to move that money into a longer-term housing program and a hotel voucher program. Supervisor Phil Serna said he wants money spent on solutions for homelessness, and housing is the best option.

While homeless advocates said they generally support the idea of putting more money into housing than emergency shelters, they contended that now is not the time with El Niño promising to deliver the wettest winter in at least four years.

Retrieved November 11, 2015 from http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article44202396.html


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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