Letter Published in Bee

River parkway

Re “Will cleaning up the American River Parkway send more homeless people into the suburbs?” (sacbee.com, June 17): There is general agreement that solving the illegal camping in the American River Parkway requires vigorous enforcement of existing law. There is also agreement that there is nowhere for the illegal campers to go. What is needed is a homeless center that can accommodate large numbers of people, pets and property. Haven for Hope program in San Antonio provides the model. It shelters almost 2,000 people nightly in its combination of indoor and courtyard components. San Antonio’s homeless service organizations are also based there. It is an approach Sacramento should examine.

David Lukenbill, American River Parkway Preservation Society

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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