Homeless in the Parkway, Part 2

There are thousands living there, that’s according to the Mayor in this article from KCRA Channel 3.

An excerpt.

“The Sacramento Fire Department is investigating after a fire scorched more than 130 acres of land along the American River Parkway.

“The fire, which sparked Sunday at a homeless encampment, was the third fire within a week to burn along the parkway. Investigators said the fires were caused by people, but no arrests have been made.

“Mayor Darrell Steinberg said addressing the city’s homelessness crisis is critical to preventing similar fires. Steinberg said in the short term, the city needs to focus on educating people living along the river about the dangers of fire and provide tools to help prevent flames.

“We are going to be very proactive about educating people who are living out on the American River Parkway about the dangers of fire,” Steinberg said. “Potentially even providing fire extinguishers, just to ensure that somebody can put out a small fire as quickly as it starts.”

“Steinberg said getting people into housing is the long-term solution.

“He said in the next few weeks, the city council will vote on a plan to approve housing sites for people experiencing homelessness.

“Once we approve the sites, we’re not going to reargue or redebate where those sites are going to be,” Steinberg said. “We’re going to have not enough money, but more money than we’ve ever had before. And we’re working very collaboratively with the county. “Take this moment and elevate our already strong efforts to get thousands of people off the parkway.”

Retrieved June 8, 2021 from Third fire within week burns along American River Parkway (kcra.com)

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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