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City Leaders Working On Housing For Homeless

A plot of Union Pacific land known as Tent City, located north of downtown, is a common living area for homeless people in Sacramento because it is close to local missions and hot meals.
/ Source: KCRA.com

A plot of Union Pacific land known as Tent City, located north of downtown, is a common living area for homeless people in Sacramento because it is close to local missions and hot meals. The land is private property. But for many there are no other options, as the city does not have enough beds.

Mayor Heather Fargo said the city is taking action. The winter shelter at Cal Expo may be opened early, and they also plan on offering low-cost motel rooms.

Fargo said city leaders are doing their best to use their voucher system to help find temporary housing for people, and at the same time, longer-term shelters and ultimately permanent housing.

The city's 10-year plan to end homelessness hopes to address those who simply don't stay in shelters, married couples who don't want to be separated, those with pets and the mentally ill.

Diane Luther of the Community Services Planning Council said that it's no longer about maintaining people on the streets but getting them off the streets.

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