Solving the Homeless Sleeping Issue

As a recent article in the Sacramento Bee reports, the homeless have organized around an important issue, sleeping in a safe, secure place.

The ongoing homeless protest outside city hall and inside the city council chambers is a sad reminder that we have not yet solved the problem of providing a safe and secure place to sleep for the homeless.

As a parkway protection organization we have long studied the issue to help take the burden off of the parkway where illegal camping by the homeless has caused serious problems for years.

The most comprehensive solution we have found is the homeless transformation campus, modeled by Haven for Hope in San Antonio, Texas which is able to provide 1,600 safe secure sleeping arrangements nightly on site.

We have called—in a recent press release on our website—for Sacramento to adopt this model, enhancing it, and consider placing it at a location, such as the old Army Depot or one of the airbases, where enough safe and secure sleeping can be provided for all of Sacramento’s homeless.

An excerpt from the Bee article.

The Sacramento City Council meeting Tuesday night ended abruptly after homeless rights activists spoke out and refused to refrain from applauding during the meeting.

Councilman Rick Jennings, who was running the meeting in Mayor Kevin Johnson’s absence, issued a warning to protesters who spoke out of turn. He then adjourned the meeting after some in the audience continued to raise their voices.

The council chambers erupted, as some of the protesters walked down the aisle and tried to approach the dais. A line of police officers blocked their path as the protesters yelled at council members.

The City Council was a few minutes into a presentation on a council subcommittee formed earlier this month on homelessness. Mayor Kevin Johnson formed the committee in the midst of an ongoing protest by activists seeking to overturn the city’s ban on camping.

Those activists have been turning out for council meetings in large numbers in recent weeks. More than 10 protesters have been arrested this month at a makeshift campground outside City Hall.


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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