Sacramento mayor notes full funding for homeless winter sites

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B

Mayor Kevin Johnson announced Tuesday that faith, business and elected leaders had raised enough money to fund the Winter Sanctuary program that houses 100 homeless men and women every night in houses of worship.

With a check for $50,000 from Wells Fargo, this is the first time the program has been fully funded before the start of the winter season, the mayor said.

All together, 27 congregations have signed on to house homeless people every night at a total cost for the season of $150,000.

"Sacramento is no longer sweeping homelessness under the rug," Johnson said.

While an estimated 3,000 men, women and children remain homeless in Sacramento, officials said the Winter Sanctuary program acts as a vital transitional element for those seeking housing.

Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna described it as "a chance for recovery, a chance to get out of the weather."

– Ryan Lillis

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