Homeless advocates plan prototype

Published: Friday, Sep. 14, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B

Homeless advocates have been trying for years to persuade City Hall to allow a sanctioned "safe ground" camp. Now, city officials are about to get a close look at what that camp might look like.

Safe Ground will erect a prototype of a cabin for a homeless camp next week in Cesar Chavez Plaza, directly across the street from City Hall.

The cabin will be set up Wednesday, and advocates will give presentations and tours of the structure the rest of the week.

John Kraintz, one of Safe Ground's most visible members, said the cabins could be built for about $10,000 apiece.

But until the group convinces city officials and neighborhood interests to give them a spot to set up the cabins, the prototype will be the closest thing Kraintz and others get to a "safe ground."

– Ryan Lillis

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