Johnson Says Tent City Not Helping Safe Ground Efforts

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
On Capital Public Radio’s Insight Tuesday, Johnson said this new tent city is not helping his efforts.   

“We are moving as quickly as we can to build the political will to create a safe ground somewhere in the city or county of Sacramento. And these types of things that are happening, I’m very empathetic but if it becomes a distraction, that would be frustrating for me.”  

But homeless advocate Joan Burke says the city needs to act now. 

“We have a crisis and people need a place to be safe immediately. If we had 1,200 people in Sacramento who were homeless because of a national disaster, I think we’d all be saying ‘let’s help those people now.’”

Mayor Kevin Johnson says he hopes to have a plan in place for a legal homeless campsite by this winter.