The number of homeless living on Sacramento streets has increased over the past three years, according to the new Point-in-Time count released by Sacramento Steps Forward, the City of Sacramento reports. However, based on interviews with homeless, they were living on the streets prior to the Covid virus pandemic, so this increase can’t be blamed on the pandemic.
“Conducted over two nights in February, the PIT count found 9,278 people living without homes in Sacramento County — a 67 percent increase from the last PIT count, conducted in 2019.”
Sacramento’s homeless has even surpassed San Francisco’s. “Within the city limits of Sacramento, just over 5,000 unsheltered people… were counted in a new homelessness report, compared with about 4,400 people in San Francisco. But with Sacramento’s population of 525,000 versus San Francisco’s 874,000, that works out to a rate of 952 per 100,000 in Sacramento versus 503 per 100,000 for San Francisco,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported last week.
The City of Sacramento is spending more than $44 million to provide eight homeless shelters and camping options, most not yet built or ready, and three Project Homekey motel conversions, the Globe reported in April. According to city officials, “most of that comes from state and federal grants that are not certain year to year.”
Curiously, in April we also reported, Sacramento County has more than 11,200 homeless living on the streets and in the parks, and all shelter beds and spaces are full on any given night. And those were numbers provided by Sacramento Steps Forward.
Someone can’t count.
“Currently, the City of Sacramento has five motels under contract, representing 370 rooms housing approximately 450 people,” the city reports. “Overall, the City operates 1,050 safe spaces, beds, tiny homes and motel rooms each night, a tenfold increase since 2017.”
That’s 1,050 “safe spaces, beds, tiny homes and motel rooms each night” for at least 11,200 homeless – it’s not even a dent in the homeless living on the streets.
“Currently available shelter for homeless totals 164 spots according to this list – 104 actual beds, and 60 tents in a public park,” the Globe reported in April. “Sacramento has more than the 11,222 homeless people accounted for Sacramento in 2019-2020. Where are they sleeping? We don’t know how many are sleeping in their cars in designated parking lots, and other default parking locations.”
“Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg earlier this week proposed expanding use of a facility on Auburn Boulevard from a current weather-related respite center to a full-time outreach, triage and respite center. The proposal requires City Council approval.” The facility has 50 temporary beds.
Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg is a career politician who has mostly created problems and spent a lot of taxpayer money in his 30+ years in politics, including as the Senate President in the California Legislature.
And as we reported in April:
The Globe also reported that Sacramento Steps Forward, responsible for “continuum of care” for the homeless, had a really fuzzy mission with really big funding.
“The Globe tried to access other Sacramento Steps Forward annual reports since 2011 on its website, but there are no live links.
In 2019-2020, Sacramento Steps Forward received $25,990,012 from the State, and $23,349,292 from the Federal government (above). Most of the nearly $50 million was earmarked for housing. They spent nearly $802,000 on “administration.”
Notably, mental health and drug addiction treatment is not identified on these charts.”
Nearly $50 million earmarked for housing, and we still have 11,000 homeless drug addicts living on the streets? How is this possible? And how is it possible to spend $802,000 on “administration” unless there are some fat salaries and benefits being paid?
“The 2022 Homeless Count resulted in 330 in-person interviews conducted with individuals sleeping in unsheltered locations throughout Sacramento County,” Sacramento Steps Forward reported.
“The vast majority of people experiencing homelessness continue to be from SacramentoCounty, despite concern that many are from other communities. A commonmisperception of people experiencing homelessness is that most are ‘transients,’ from’out of town,’ or ‘outsiders of the community,'” the Sacramento Steeps Forward report claims.
Every homeless advocate I’ve spoken with about the origin of Sacramento’s homeless says this is not accurate. These are not our neighbors, as city officials would have us believe. The homeless claim to be from Sacramento so they won’t be put on a one-way bus back to family where they came from. According to City Councilman Sean Loloee who interviews the homeless along Roseville Road in his district, it takes him two or three site visits before they admit where they originate from. And most every one is from another state, but traveled here for the legendary government tolerance of the homeless, as well for the promises of tiny homes, hotel rooms, and free benefits. But most are drug addicted and just want to be left alone to live the street life of drug addiction, according to homeless advocates.
It’s that tolerance which has made Sacramento such a homeless-friendly city. This photo epitomizes this:
The William Land Park golf course is a lovely, well-used 9-hole municipal course in the middle of the 160-acre park.
A boatload of money has been spent on the homeless crisis in the Sacramento region, but mostly within the City of Sacramento, which appears to only have facilitated the growth.
I remember President Ronald Reagan’s message about this: “If you want more of something, subsidize it; if you want less of something, tax it.”
I’m less eloquent with my own stray cat theory: If you leave food out each night for a couple of stray cats, within one week you will be feeding 50. It’s a type of subsidy.
The city and county continue to ignore actual successful, proven programs to help change the lives of the homeless, drug addicted and mentally ill. We have several in Sacramento including the Union Gospel Mission and St. John’s Center for Real Change. San Antonio Texas is home to the Haven For Hope, which also has astounding success in getting homeless addicts and mentally ill off the street, triaged and into proper programs for treatment and recovery… Or ongoing treatment.
Here are a few more recent photos of life in Sacramento:
When is Sacramento going to grow up and start electing people who care about governing?
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