National Homeless Profile

Sacramento is rated sixth worst city, nationally, in this article from Daily Mail.

An excerpt.

“The pictures, and the numbers, say it all.

Shabby tent encampments erected in city parks, along streets and beneath overpasses. Homeless people, many with mental health or drug problems, sprawled across sidewalks or subway seats. Needles and other paraphernalia often nearby.

“America’s homelessness scourge is huge and shows few signs of getting better.

California is by far the worst hit. It has about a third of all the country’s homeless people, and Los Angeles, San Jose, Oakland, and other Golden State cities have among the largest numbers of unsheltered people in the country.

“To capture the scale of the problem, analyzed the department’s data, which were released at the end of last year, to show which US states and cities have the worst homelessness rates.

“They show that about a third of the entire US homeless population — 171,521 people — are in California. That includes more than half of the country’s unsheltered homeless population, 115,491 people.

“California also added 9,973 homeless people between 2020 and last year’s survey.

“The Golden State has the country’s highest rate of homelessness, with 44 non-housed people out of every 10,000 residents. It is followed closely by Vermont, Oregon, and Hawaii.

“Los Angeles is the state’s hotspot, with 65,111 homeless people.

“But five other metropolitan hubs — San Jose, Oakland, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco — also feature in the top 10 of America’s worst-hit cities, each with their own roughly 10,000 homeless.

“Some 70 percent of Californians say homelessness and the cost of housing are a ‘big problem’ for the state, according to a survey last month by the Public Policy Institute of California, a think tank.

“A similar share of residents say the problem had got worse this past year. Another 60 percent were ‘very concerned’ that their children would be priced out of buying their own home in the Golden State.

“LA Mayor Karen Bass said this week she’s set to move some 4,000 people off the streets in her first 100 days, making a small dent in a homeless crisis that billions in spending has failed to quell.

“Bass says she’s teamed up with government agencies and service providers to cut through the bureaucracy that’s eluded progress in the past. 

“The ‘game changer is the coordination across city and county departments,’ she said.”

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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