Sacramento is known for it’s Farm to Fork movement and it’s Capitol Building. But what it may not be well known for is the surprising increasing numbers of homeless people that are haunting the county of Sacramento.
In 2017, an organization by the name of Sacramento Steps Forward (SSF) did a homeless count in the Sacramento County and found over 3,665 people were living without shelter. This is an absolutely massive increase from the count done in 2015. In 2015 there were 2,822 people living without shelter making for a 30 percent increase. The numbers in 2017 were the highest record of homelessness in Sacramento ever.
“I have worked throughout my career to address the homelessness problem head-on in California and in the Sacramento region,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg on the official Sacramento City website. “We know that the best way to reduce homelessness is to provide a place for people to live with the resources they need to transition out of homelessness permanently.”
Many of Darrell Steinberg’s main campaign issues were about fighting the rising numbers of homelessness. It has been about 2 years since he was sworn into office and yet this hasn’t been forgotten. Many are starting to question his actual solutions to the problem. The mayor has taken some steps to fight homelessness such as ordering to reinstall benches and has been adding policies that he hopes will take 2,000 homeless off the streets.
The City of Sacramento does these counts every few years to determine how to accurately shape policies and programs. There will be a new count for homelessness done by the Sacramento Housing Alliance on January 30 – 31st of 2019. To find out more information please visit https://sachousingalliance.org/ or if you want to volunteer or register for the counting process please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WLV8VVT?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=8fcd4b06-a236-4a1c-928f-6987413857c5