October 26, 2018, Sacramento, California
Homeless Transformation Campus
A primary question being asked right now when discussing removing the homeless illegally camping in the Parkway or anywhere in the region is, “Where will they go?”
Though our concern is with the devastation illegal camping has been causing to the Parkway, rather than determining the fate of the homeless when and if they are ever fully removed from the Parkway; like everyone else, we suffer when thinking about the misery and destitution that is part of the fabric of living without a home.
Over the past several years we have researched a possible strategy, based on our practice of examining working models in use somewhere else, that will answer the question of where will they go.
Sacramento County could consider creating a homeless transformation campus capable of handling the majority of homeless in the County based on the model of Haven for Hope in San Antonio, Texas which is the largest and most comprehensive homeless transformation campus in the United States, providing residence to approximately 1,600 individuals on any given night.
The Haven for Hope campus is composed of fifteen buildings on 37 acres with almost five hundred thousand square feet of service space under roof.
A Sacramento location would need to have at least this much space and be capable of accommodating the types of homeless services needed for a homeless transformation campus, including encouraging relocation to the chosen site two of the most important and largest homeless service organizations in Sacramento: Loaves and Fishes and Sacramento Steps Froward, as well as some of the programs providing residential service.
And, to deal with NIMBY a location outside of dense residential/business areas is optimal.
A perusal of the Haven for Hope brochure at their website https://www.havenforhope.org/downloads/docs/H4H%20Tri%20Fold.pdf will provide more information about these specific strategies.
This Press Release is also online on our website News Page at http://www.arpps.org/news.html
Organizational Leadership, American River Parkway Preservation Society, Sacramento, California, October 26, 2018