The American River Parkway, Homeless Central

That is how this sad story from Channel 10 in Sacramento reports it.

An excerpt.

“As Sacramento’s homeless population increases, more and more people are seeking shelter along the banks of the American River.

“He doesn’t have a reason to get up in the morning. He doesn’t work. He has no plans. Keeping time is the least of his worries.

“You lose track of days”, Chuck said strumming his guitar. “And the days lose track of years, and, before you blink your eyes, it’s been 10, 20 years.””

“By his own estimate, Chuck’s been homeless for at least 25 years. It seems like an unusually long time until you start talking to other folks who live along the American River….

“Many of the city’s homeless shelters and services are located in the Dos Rios triangle, between downtown and the American River, making the American River Parkway a prime spot to set up camp.”

Retrieved November 22, 2019 from


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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