County to fully abandon homeless services
An article in the Bee today, somewhat badly titled "Health care would take huge hit, officials say," tells us that the county of Sacramento will be fully tearing down the safety net for its citizens in the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1, because of the budget crisis.
It was another afternoon of bad news and grim testimony Tuesday before the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, who are staring at a $122 million budget deficit for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Department heads outlined dramatic cuts proposed for health and human services programs serving the county's most vulnerable citizens, including seriously mentally ill people, medically indigent residents and those at risk of abuse and neglect.Regarding homeless people, specifically, in the county, the article tells us this:
• Homeless services: The proposed budget provides enough money from the general fund to support homeless programs for two months. After that, unless money is found elsewhere, more than 3,000 beds for homeless people could disappear, resulting in more men, women and children living on the streets.Read more: from the Sacramento Bee article "Health care would take huge hit, officials say."