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Railway Road Shelter opens near Globe Light Rail Station

The 200-bed shelter at Railway Road and Del Paso Blvd opened last night -- Friday, the 8th -- with fifty homeless people spending the first night there. The shelter -- as yet unnamed -- was scheduled to open on December 8, but is not as yet ready to be populated by the maximum number of people and their pets that, when the shelter is completed and ready, are expected to be staying there. The shelter, for winter, will be open through March 31.

An article written by Cynthia Hubert in the Sunday, Dec. 10 edition of the Bee, is the source of this news.

One peculiarity that is perhaps trivial, but maybe not, is Hubert's unfortunate use of the word "trudge" in describing the, um, walking style of those who first made use of the shelter. "Trudge" is a derogatory word associated with Libby Hernandez, the three-wheel nun. It has been noticed by homeless people, themselves, that they "walk," as opposed to "trudge" when they move forward.

In addition to accepting the pets of sheltered homeless people as guests, the shelter, when in full operation, will allow couples to bunk next to one-another. Also, in the near future, the shelter will offer "wrap-around" services that, according to Mayor Darrell Steinberg, are "designed to put homeless people on a path to permanent housing."

The last part of Hubert's article discusses continuing controversies related to the shelter. Regular citizens who live proximate to the new shelter are upset due to "a lack of details about certain issues, including additional security and promised funds to pay for impacts of the shelter on businesses."

Mayor Steinberg is referenced in the Hubert article for making a statement that broadly supports the new shelter and his commitment to do much more to aid homeless people. Steinberg's support is rendered thus in the Hubert piece:
Steinberg has said that winter shelter, along with a more-permanent facility planned for next year, is part of a broad response to a crisis of homelessness in Sacramento. The mayor has made the issue a centerpiece of his administration.


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