Older adults make up the fastest-growing share of California’s homeless population.
To meet their needs locally, Sacramento County this spring opened Nottoli Place, a small shelter or “safe house” for adults ages 60 and up who are homeless or victims of abuse or neglect.
The 15 beds at the facility aren’t nearly enough to shelter the thousands of Sacramentans who are aging without a secure place to live. But residents and staff say they’re a sign of progress — and offer a new beginning.
“I feel blessed,” said Herschel Walthall, 74, who has spent the past three months at Nottoli Place after separating from his family. “There’s not a lot of places like this. It’s very unique.”