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About SacHo [8/3/09]

Sacramento Homeless blog is intended as an informational resource to help homeless people, those who love them, or want to know about them, or hope to aid them.

This writer and this blog have some positions on what needs to happen in Homeless World Sacramento:
  • We are appreciative of the generosity of people and businesses in our metropolis who are eager to help ease the suffering of the community's homeless folk. We want homeless-help leaders to appreciate the greater community, rather than fighting with it, or fighting with the city and county officials the voters elect.
  • We believe that the public needs to know much more about what homeless people are like and what their problems are. Much false information was put out there during the Oprah-fueled Tent City imbroglio of Feb/Mar/Apr. We are hopeful that the truth about the homeless will be printed in our area newspapers, soon, to overcome false impressions.
  • We believe that the path to jobs and better lives should be made wider for the homeless and that that begins with having shelters exist, not as day-prisons, but as places that readily accommodate the employment efforts of scrappy homeless people.
  • We believe that nutrition is important and that homeless-aid organizations can do better to help the homeless have a proper diet which includes many helpings of vegetables and fewer hotdogs. We all live in the Central Valley, a vast cropland where abundant vegetables are grown.
  • We believe that the homeless have "a right to be" and must no longer be arrested when they must sleep on the sidewalk or in tents on vacant property.
We welcome the talents of anyone in the Sacramento area who would want to help build this blog into a better resource.

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