Within the last two years, the homeless population has grown by 30% in Sacramento. Seemingly around the same time as an increase in housing, such as The Brownstones at Crocker Village and the rise of “North Oak Park”, the newly gentrified area of Oak Park.
However, many of these homeless citizens have solely found places to reside on street corners, sidewalks and in abandoned lots, such as the recent eviction of a vacant lot on Stockton Boulevard.
For the last four months, a number of people called the vacant lot on Stockton Boulevard home. Hundreds of homeless men, women, gender non-conforming and children would eat, sleep and exist there.
On May 1, authorities closed in on the lot and forced those who lived there to evict immediately. Helicopters, news stations, law enforcement, and protestors were all present during the inevitable stand-off between homeless residents, those who wanted to fight for them and police officers.
Sacramento is in an extreme crisis when it comes to homelessness. Not only is there an immense lack of housing, but resources are diminishing as well.
“The closing of certain resources within Loaves and Fishes,” said Dylan Freed, soon to be moving out, 18-year-old Sacramento resident, “ Like the Clothing Room is going to have a large impact and a lot of people are going to be affected.”
In total, Sacramento needs to find a way to provide resources for homeless people that are being heavily affected.