Sacramento County eyes 15 rentals for home­less

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Page Two - — Sacramento Bee

SACRAMENTO — Af­ter months of de­vel­op­ing plans for a San Fran­cisco-style “full ser­vice” home­less shel­ter hous­ing 75 men and women un­der one roof, Sacramento County staff are rec­om­mend­ing — at least in the short­term — a plan to put those home­less peo­ple in 15 rental homes scat­tered across the county.

The orig­i­nal plan, ap­proved by county su­per­vi­sors in March, was to cre­ate a “Full Ser­vice Re­hous­ing Shel­ter” — a 75-bed, dor­mi­tory-style fa­cil­ity with in­door and out­door space on a large lot, with good ac­cess to trans­porta­tion in a com­pat­i­ble neigh­bor­hood. The shel­ter was in­tended to help home­less peo­ple tran­si­tion to jobs, per­ma­nent hous­ing and pub­lic ben­e­fits.

Un­like at other shel­ters, the county would al­low home­less peo­ple to bring their pets, part­ners and per­sonal items to en­cour­age them to stay in hous­ing rather than seek in­de­pen­dence on the streets.

The shel­ter plan is just one of sev­eral new county ini­tia­tives in­tended to ad­dress a grow­ing home­less pop­u­la­tion. Last week, the county ap­proved a plan to spend $44 mil­lion over the next three years to pro­vide ser­vices to home­less peo­ple, in­clud­ing drug and men­tal health treat­ment.

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