Letters to the Editor

Tent city

Advocates of a city-sanctioned homeless encampment said they will erect a camp of 20 to 30 tents on a downtown Sacramento lot, similar to the one pictured in Portland, Ore.
Advocates of a city-sanctioned homeless encampment said they will erect a camp of 20 to 30 tents on a downtown Sacramento lot, similar to the one pictured in Portland, Ore. lsterling@sacbee.com

Homeless need safe, sanitary place

Re “Don’t jeopardize legal tent city with illegal one” (Editorials, April 27): Safe Ground worked toward establishing sanctioned tent cities beginning in 2009 until finding it futile to get the city of Sacramento’s permission. Then Safe Ground switched to tiny house advocacy, getting more traction on that, with promises of “just wait a little longer” or “maybe next month.”

So patience has been practiced and now found to be impractical for moving forward. Sacramento Steps Forward, the City Council and many media comments said that they’re interested only in long-term solutions such as housing. Those long-term solutions are taking a long time and will not be completely successful in the coming months and maybe for years.

This community seems unable to realize that the homeless people are already sleeping outside, that it would improve everyone’s quality of life to give them places to legally stay with sanitation and covering from the elements. And we should keep working on those long-term solutions.

Paula Lomazzi,

Sacramento

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