A timeline of Sacramento homelessness

Homelessness has been a growing problem in the Sacramento area, as housing costs continue to rise. Here is a timeline of some events over the past two years. 

  • Jan. 5, 2016

Mayor Kevin Johnson created a city council subcommittee responsible for exploring solutions to homelessness in the city and region.

  • May 31, 2016

The homelessness subcommittee reported back to city council with an implementation plan.

  • June 20, 2016

Sacramento launched Pit Stop, a pilot program to provide restrooms to homeless people with a $100,000 price tag.

  • November 2016

The city pulls the plug on Pit Stop, citing excess costs – the project came in $73,000 over budget.

  • Dec. 16, 2016

The Sacramento Fire Department rescues 16 people and 14 dogs from rising floodwaters along the American River Parkway where they’d been camping.

  • January 2017

The city discusses permanent restrooms for the homeless. Council ordered city staff to find a solution to the problem.

  • Jan. 18, 2017

Homeless man Michael Nunez died while camped outside City Hall. Sacramento County Coroner Kim Gin reported 87 deaths of homeless people from Jan. 1 through Dec. 9.

  • Jan. 25, 2017

A second homeless man, David ‘Binny’ Collins, died in front of City Hall. “I’m done with this. We are going to open more shelters,” Mayor Darrell Steinberg said.

  • April 21, 2017

The New York Times reports on Sacramento’s homeless problem, exposed by floodwaters that washed away camps and the shrubbery that once secluded them.

  • July 10, 2017

A point-in-time count of the homeless counted 3,665 people, an estimated a 30 percent rise in homelessness from 2015.

  • Aug. 23, 2017

Sacramento County supervisors approve $5 million for patrols and cleanup of homeless camps along the American River Parkway.

  • Aug. 27, 2017

High levels of e-coli bacteria are detected in the waters of the lower American River near downtown Sacramento, where homeless camps are common.

  • September 2017

A breakout of Hepatitis A outbreak attributed to a lack of restrooms for homeless people in Southern California mobilizes Sacramento County to organize vaccination clinics primarily aimed at the county’s homeless population.

  • Sept. 27, 2017

Sacramento is slated to vote on a proposed temporary homeless shelter. Del Paso community residents and business owners protest its placement there. A Florin area site is proposed, and also meets resistance.

© 2017 KXTV-TV


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