Oprah To Spotlight Sacramento Homeless

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

One of the homeless people interviewed in the program is Favor Whitesides – a 36-year-old mother of three young children…who went from living in a Sacramento area condo and driving an SUV two years ago to being on the streets last month. 

“We had a pretty good lifestyle. And then from that to this, it’s been intense.” 

Whitesides lost her job as an in-home care giver. Her husband also became unemployed… and then they lost their condo. 

“We went through an adjustable rate mortgage and we did not have very much forewarning of the increase of payments each month.” 

Whitesides and her kids ended up at a homeless shelter for women and children run by the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen. Joan Burke is with Loaves and Fishes. She took the Oprah crew to Sacramento’s Tent City on C Street. Burke says she’s hopeful the program will have an impact. 

“I’ve heard it called the ‘Oprah Effect.’ And I think what it will do is let a lot of us realize that we’ve gone back to the days of the Great Depression when we have Tent Cities and we need to do something about that.” 

Meanwhile, Burke says Loaves and Fishes and city officials are working together on creating a safe outdoor area for the homeless to stay.