Arlan Lewis, 77 and recently homeless, said Woodland Memorial Hospital directed a taxi to take him to Union Gospel Mission in Sacramento. But the mission had no bed for him, so he wound up outside. Shelters and nonprofit groups said the practice, known as “patient dumping,” is not uncommon.
The first 50 of about 200 homeless people who will occupy a winter shelter on Railroad Drive in North Sacramento arrived Friday, Dec. 8. The shelter has sparked controversy among nearby residents and business owners.
Sacramento City councilmember Allen Warren talks with residents of North Sacramento on Monday, November 27, 2017. Some members of the community have concerns about the homeless shelter scheduled to open in December.
Despite the raucous objection of homeless activists, the Sacramento City Council unanimously adopted a pair of ordinances Tuesday night, November 14, 2017, aimed at cracking down on aggressive panhandling and unruly behavior in city parks.
Xavier Cabano, 28, and four friends were camped out on 14th Street on Tuesday, eating snacks and guarding a large cart the group uses to store their clothes. He said his group has gotten more grief from police since residents began asking city officials to clear them out.
Sarah Sneed, 68, who has suffered two strokes, waited as security at the Courtyard Inn in North Highlands evict her along with her daughter and son-in-law Wedneday. They had run out of money and had no car and no place to go - but they're not alone in their dilemma.
Lisa Lindberg has lived near the levee for 35 years. She and others in the neighborhood are concerned with safety and the trash generated by the homeless camps at the end of Jefferson Ave. and the American River.