Skip to main content

County Board of Supervisors meeting on shelter situation [and more] tomorrow

There will be a meeting of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors at 9:30, tomorrow, Thursday, to discuss matters relating to Human Assistance and Health And Human Services, in context of the 2009-2010 county budget gap of $180 million.

The meeting will be at 700 H Street Suite 1450; Sacramento, CA 95814 [map] [agenda].

Funding for General Assistance, Mather Community Campus, Homeless Shelters, and Primary Care are important topics of the meeting, which will allow members of the public to address the board for several minutes, each.

It is expected that many homeless-aid and -advocacy people will be at the meeting to give their points of view, pressing for restoration of funding (or to find funding in forthcoming stimulus monies) for programs that are scheduled to end or be significantly cut on July 1. It is expected that many homeless people will be at the meeting and that many will address the board, as well.

Of prime interest is the shelter situation beginning on July 1. Winter shelter is neither funded after June 30, nor funded for the winter of 2009-2010 [approx Nov 15, 2009 - Mar 31, 2010]. Funding ends for VOA's 'A' Street and Bannon Street shelters on July 1; they are set to close.

The following are SacHo's ideas on how to bridge the forthcoming shelter shortage in these dire economic times. [These ideas would help a lot, but there must also be provisions for winter.]:
  • Have Loaves and Fishes fund a 125-bed shelter at either A Street or Bannon St. that is no-frills, 8:30pm-to-6:30am, just "dinner, sleep and simple breakfast." This is the type shelter that upward-striving homeless people need and that will do for the needs of many who are snared in homelessness (until housing becomes available). L&F has been stockpiling funds the last two years and can easily afford to meet its mandate and fund this program (instead of immorally sitting on the money it has).
  • Create a small encampment of tents [for ~30 select people] where a building was raised in the L&F facility. Again, L&F has been stockpiling funds and can now, in hard times, fund this effort.
  • Allow Union Gospel Mission to expand their number of beds [from ~80 to 120]. [UGM had once requested an expansion to 200 beds that the county denied.] There are space constraints, but, perhaps, men could sleep in the dining room on mats the county could provide and homeless people's property could be kept in a locked shipping container that the county could provide in property adjacent to the mission, on property owed by the county.
  • The Board of Supervisors should designate areas in the county where homeless people may pitch tents without fear of being rousted by police.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The Mission Five Years Ago, And Today

I have spent the night the past two weeks plus at the Union Gospel Mission and am having an excellent time of it -- not only regards to sleeping in the dorm that the mission has, but also listening to the sermons that are delivered in the early evening. The Christmas music that is performed is also splendid. [And the food -- the FOOD -- has been fantastic during my stay so far! A happier Tom there couldn't be.] I chatted with a pal last night about The Mish – about how things were about five years ago when we both used the mission’s services frequently, and how thing are, today.
Five years ago, there were a lot scuffles between the guys when the front gate was opened in the early afternoon and in the area near the contact window there were some brawls as guys fought over where guys were in line to get a bed in the dorm.
Nowadays, however, the mission is very much a peaceful place both on the grounds of the facility and and out on the street.
I do not know what transformative eve…

Homeless Sacramentans lose case that would have given them the right to set up outdoor camping

8/11/13 I certainly give attorneys Mark Merin and Cat Williams credit for pursuing a case against the city of Sacramento to give homeless Sacramentans the right to set up tents and a campsite. I wanted them to win their case, but they didn't. They lost it.

BUT, it is also necessary to look at the particulars of the case that Merin and Williams brought and see that the situation underlying the court case was not very compelling.

During the period eight years ago when 22 homeless campers set up their tents and brought in supplies to Mark Merin's vacant lot at C Street, near 12th, there was loud noise and plenty of other mayhem. Drug dealers were on the street encouraging buys from the campers. The Hernandez couple that lived in a house nearby were constantly being taunted by the campers, disrupting their lives.

Per always with Safe Ground camps, calm was deserted for the sake of boisterousness.

Leader John Kraintz and the other Safe Grounders would claim to have signed strict a…

After a Three-Month Hiatus, a Fall from a Ladder & a Broken Wrist, Evangelist Jimmy Roughton Returns to Union Gospel Mission to Preach

After being away from Union Gospel Mission for a quarter of a year, Jimmy Roughton returned to preach at UGM on the cold night of December 13 -- despite suffering [a little? a lot? dunno.] from a fall from a ladder that likely immediately preceded a significant injury (a wrist that was broken).


It was good to see his group from Capital Free Will Baptist Church up on the pulpit, with Roughton rough-and-ready to seduce and inspire the happily-captivate crowd at UGM.


Roughton told us in his opening words that he was now in his 27th year coming to the mission.

I recall the first preaching I had heard from Roughton on June 13, 2009. At that time and up to the current time, Roughton is the only preacher I had ever heard evoke Pascal's Wager -- which is something he would do, occasionally thereafter at the mission. He would evoke Pascal's wager, yet again, last night [12/13/17].


Pascal's wager

Last night, Jimmy evoked Pascal's Wager. He did so near the end of his talk, citing …