Homeless Moved Temporarily from River District Street

It is sad that this occurs, but also sad that business and residents in the River District—and other neighborhoods—have to suffer the degradation caused to their neighborhoods by homeless camping.

This story in the Sacramento Bee reports on the issue.

Public leadership is so far behind on solving this that most of us paying attention fear they never can.

In our area, a strategy helping the homeless (and local residents and business who suffer the impacts) needs to be developed that is capable of safely sheltering up to 2 or 3 thousand homeless folks a night safely distant from residential neighborhoods and business—with available transformational services—and San Antonio’s Haven for Hope program, especially the courtyard strategy they use for safe rapid shelter for large numbers, seems to offer an answer; which you can read about from their brochure at http://www.havenforhope.org/downloads/docs/H4H%20Brochure%2010-31-2016.pdf   and you can read more about Haven for Hope applicability in our area from our news release of October 26, 2018 on our News Page at http://arpps.org/news.html

An excerpt from the Bee article.

“Dozens of homeless campers were ordered to temporarily relocate from a street in Sacramento’s River District Monday morning, and some lost their belongings.

“Ahern Street, between North B and North C streets, is normally home to dozens of campers. On Monday morning, officials directed campers to move while they painted the curbs red to create a fire lane.

“Parking is not allowed on the section of the street, but people parked vehicles there several times in recent months to give items to the homeless, making the street largely unpassable, city spokesman Tim Swanson said.

“Officials at Fire Station 14 requested the section of street be made into a fire lane in an effort to keep the route clear and ensure the highest level of service and protection for the community,” Swanson said.

“The mood was grim as dozens of men and women sat with their tents and belongings watching as a city bulldozer scooped up piles of blankets, clothing, bicycles, tents, cardboard boxes and trash from other campers who weren’t present at the time. The bulldozer loaded items into a city garbage truck.”

Retrieved November 19, 2019 from https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/homeless/article237507834.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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