County Looks To Feds For Help With Growing Homeless Problem

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, April 10, 2009

The county’s annual survey found 2,800 homeless people. That’s a 14 percent increase over the last two years.

Bruce Wagstaff is the director of Sacramento County’s Department of Human Assistance. He says the county faces a challenge of more homelessness and fewer resources. But, he says more than four million dollars in federal stimulus money this fall will give some programs a boost.   
“Short term rental assistance or medium term rental assistance or housing relocation, case management, very important, or anything else you might do to prevent homelessness.” 
Wagstaff says county officials will meet with the homeless community in order to tailor the stimulus money to their needs. And he says during this recession they’ll try to come up with ways to stretch the money as far as they can.