Steve Cruz, the “mayor” of the established camps along the American River, prepares to move from his home hidden behind bamboo thickets on Wednesday in West Sacramento. Cruz said he has been homeless for 17 years because of financial reasons that were spurred by cancer treatment for his ex-wife. The Vietnam War-era veteran created his home with plywood and washed up debris found on the banks of the American River. Cruz is excited to move and integrate back into society “People are shocked that society opened their arms again,” he said.
Steve Cruz, the “mayor” of the established camps along the American River, prepares to move from his home hidden behind bamboo thickets on Wednesday in West Sacramento. Cruz said he has been homeless for 17 years because of financial reasons that were spurred by cancer treatment for his ex-wife. The Vietnam War-era veteran created his home with plywood and washed up debris found on the banks of the American River. Cruz is excited to move and integrate back into society “People are shocked that society opened their arms again,” he said. Andrew Seng aseng@sacbee.com
Steve Cruz, the “mayor” of the established camps along the American River, prepares to move from his home hidden behind bamboo thickets on Wednesday in West Sacramento. Cruz said he has been homeless for 17 years because of financial reasons that were spurred by cancer treatment for his ex-wife. The Vietnam War-era veteran created his home with plywood and washed up debris found on the banks of the American River. Cruz is excited to move and integrate back into society “People are shocked that society opened their arms again,” he said. Andrew Seng aseng@sacbee.com

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