Full article by Ken Magri available at Sacramento News & Review and Sacramento Business Journal
This winter’s unusually cold, windy and rainy weather has created big challenges for Sacramento’s unhoused population. Rising water levels at the Sacramento and American rivers have flooded many traditional locations used by unhoused campers. Constant rain has rendered the ground sopping wet everywhere, making it difficult to keep possessions dry.
In an effort to alleviate the difficulty for at least some, Sacramento’s city and county governments — and the local nonprofit First Step Communities — teamed up to provide 15 travel-trailers, with added services, for people who are homeless to use at Miller Park.
It is part of the “Safe Ground” campaign created by the city to help reduce Sacramento’s steadily growing homeless population. The 2022 estimate of the number of Sacramento County homeless people, done by the point-in-time count, reported an increase to 9,278 persons, up from 5,570 in 2019. A dramatic increase was also observed in homeless people who are vehicle-camping.