Johnson, Schwarzenegger Tout Shelters for Homeless
CPR photo/Ben Adler
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has rolled out a big name to support the city’s plan to re-locate homeless “tent city” residents. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared with the mayor at the state fairgrounds Wednesday.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The two officials worked on temporarily expanding the Sacramento region’s winter shelter at Cal Expo.
The governor says that won’t solve the entire homeless problem – but it’s a start.
Schwarzenegger: “We want to provide safe grounds for those people. And in the meantime, while we have these few months, we have time now to look and see what permanent solution we can come up with.”
The Sacramento city council voted Tuesday to spend $900,000 on a series of short-term fixes to the homeless problem. They include keeping the shelter open through the end of June and adding 50 new beds in units that resemble portable classrooms.
But several homeless people currently camping at the tent city say they won’t go to the shelter. They say it’s too restrictive, doesn’t allow pets, and prevents couples from staying together.