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The Sacramento County District Attorney filed a lawsuit against the City of Sacramento on September 19, 2023.

The City of Sacramento has failed to enforce Measure O and other laws regarding homeless camps.

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Measure O

In 2022, the citizens of Sacramento, tired of the City's inability to properly handle the homeless crisis, raised funds and collected signatures in an effort to put a measure on the ballot. This measure, which would be named Measure O, was sent to the voters in the Fall 2022 Elections.

It passed.

Officially, Measure O enacted the "Emergency Shelter and Enforcement Act of 2022". It updated Sacramento City Code to place common-sense limits on the location of homeless shelters and facilities, to break up illegal encampments, and to force the City to provide a minimum number of emergency shelter spaces.

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Children in Danger

On July 26, 2022 (11 months before Measure O became law), Sacramento City Council, ignoring pleas from the community, voted to create a new homeless shelter on Auburn Blvd.

This site is located, far from Downtown Sacramento, on a strange peninsula of city land that locals refer to as “The Thorn”. In fact, the site is located over 3 miles from any city resident and, instead, is surrounded by the residents of unincorporated Sacramento County. In other words, the site only affects those who live outside the City.

To make matters worse, the shelter was placed into the old Discovery Museum building. It is located next to several sensitive areas:

  1. The natural preserve of Del Paso Park
  2. A children's playground
  3. Arcade Creek
  4. And - most shocking - it is within feet of the Children's Receiving Home.

The Shelter Violates Measure O

To protect families and communities, Measure O defines where a shelter cannot be located. In the updated Sacramento City Code § 12.100.020.C.1, it specifies that all homeless shelters must be: "On any public property, except for city streets, sidewalks, or neighborhood parks; locations within 1,000 feet of a K-12 school, public library, licensed daycare or preschool facility, or playground; or locations within 500 feet of a stream or river."

Of the nine prohibitions in the law, the Auburn Blvd Homeless Shelter is in violation of six.

1. Not located on a City street Compliant
2. Not located on a sidewalk Compliant
3. Not located in a neighborhood park Violation
4. Not within 1,000 feet of a K-12 school Violation
5. Not within 1,000 feet of a public library Compliant
6. Not within 1,000 feet of a daycare  Violation
7. Not within 1,000 feet of a preschool Violation
8. Not within 1,000 feet of a playground Violation
9. Not within 500 feet of a stream or river Violation

In particular, the Homeless Shelter is located within feet of the Children's Receiving Home - which contains a daycare, preschool, and kindergarten. It is also located mere yards from both Arcade Creek and a nature preserve. Finally, the Shelter is located within the boundaries of Del Paso Regional Park.

How You Can Help

Please Contribute

The Children's Receiving Home is a refuge for abused children - providing a safe haven from drugs, alcohol, and mental illness. Most of these children have suffered from physical, psychological, and sexual abuse. They are in desperate need for stability, love, and safety.  

We are dedicated to protecting these children as well as the families that live around Del Paso Park. We hope that the City will abide by Measure O and find a suitable location for a City homeless shelter. However, the City has given no indication that they will abide by the law.

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Donate to the Children's Receiving Home

The Children's Home is always in need of:

  • Arts and Crafts: crayons, construction paper, chalk, etc..
  • Hygiene Products: shampoo, deodorant, hair ties, pads & tampons, etc...
  • General Items: new stuffed animals, dolls, action figures, headphones (wired), posters (inspirational and fun)
  • Footwear items: shower shoes, flip flops, new shoes (especially male 11-13 and female 8-10)
  • Gift cards (Target, Wal-Mart, Amazon, Five Below, etc....)
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