Controversial temporary winter homeless shelter opens doors in North Sac

Doors open at controversial new temporary winter homeless shelter (December 8, 2017)

As the cold rolls in, the doors have officially opened at Sacramento’s new, temporary winter homeless shelter in North Sacramento.

A group of 50 men and women will sleep there for the first time Friday night.

The shelter – which many residents in North Sacramento opposed – is located at 2040 Railroad Dr. and will be open until March 31. City officials estimate it will cost the city $1.4 million.

While some neighbors are still opposed to the opening, citing costs and location, others see it as the potential start of a new beginning.

“I’m just blessed to be here,” Wendelin Ann Branch, who has been homeless on and off for 9 years, explained. “Four months. I can get my diploma. I can get all the help I need here, and I can save money to get into a place.”

Branch, 48, is one of the 50 people who will call the shelter home for the next four months. She had previously spent time living in a tent city just across the street.

“I don’t ever want to be out there again,” she said. “I call it the devil’s bend.”

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