Sacramento Plans New Homeless Campground

Sacramento officials are working on a plan that would create a campground where homeless people could stay temporarily. A task force assembled by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has prepared a report for a proposed “Stepping Stone” campground that would house up to 60 people.

The campground would provide basic services such as running water and garbage pickup.  According to the Sacramento Bee, the camp would be run by a governing board of homeless people, with the help of a social worker or case manager, and would have strict rules against drug and alcohol use and violence.

The proposal would have to be approved by the City Council. If the facility is completed as hoped by the spring, it would open about a year after more than 100 homeless campers were forced to leave their controversial “tent city” outside of downtown.

The plan creates a legal “safe ground” where people without permanent housing could camp without police interference.  Backers say no site has been identified for the campground.

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