SACRAMENTO, CA - A task force charged by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to find a solution to provide the homeless with shelter during the winter has come up with a solution, the mayor announced Friday.
With funding from the federal government, county, city, local service providers and private donations, the resources have been found to provide 269 beds for children, women and men Johnson said at more than $200,000 less than it cost for fewer beds at Cal Expo last winter.
There will be shelter options for families, single men, single women, couples and those with pets, according to the mayor's announcement.
Johnson said that the shelter locations, which include emergency beds, motel vouchers and transitional housing around the city and region, will be ready for use by November.
He also said there are means to help more than 100 households leave shelters for permanent housing.
"The idea of having zero winter shelter capability was completely unacceptable to me, Johnson said in a prepared statement. He went on to say, "Here in Sacramento, we are choosing not to close our eyes anymore. Fortunately, we have many people who are willing to step forward and find practical solutions."
The Sacramento City Council and Sacramento County Board of Supervisors are expected to give final approval to the plan next week.