"Tent City" Residents to be Relocated
CPR photo/Ben Adler
The city of Sacramento says it plans to relocate residents at the “tent city” along the American River – likely within the next month.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Sacramento city and county officials are working with homeless advocates and shelters to come up with 150 beds.
Sister Libby with the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen was one of the people at Thursday's stakeholders meeting, where the approach was hammered out. She’s worried about what will happen to the people who don’t get beds.
Sister Libby: “If they do not go to the shelters because they’re not ready for the shelters, or there isn’t permit housing, then they’re gonna go somewhere. They’re gonna go downtown, your backyard, my backyard, back on the river.”
Still, Sister Libby says the actions are a good start – and says she’s “absolutely” pleased with how all the different stakeholders came together to work the issue out.
The beds would come from two sources: First, the city and county will vote Tuesday to use housing and redevelopment funds to pay for transitional lodgings. And second, various shelters are providing additional space.