Sacramento City Council moves to fund shelter beds for homeless
Sacramento’s city council moved Tuesday to open more than 200 shelter beds around the clock across the city, aided by match funding from Sutter Health.
The beds are found at the A Street Men’s Shelter and the Salvation Army’s The Lodge shelter on North B Street. Some of the spots are already available but only at specific times. The city estimates it will cost about $800,000 to keep the shelters open continuously.
Keri Thomas, director of community and government relations at Sutter Health Sacramento, announced at the meeting that the hospital will match the city’s contribution of $400,000, which will be included in the 2016-17 budget.
When the council’s homeless subcommittee presented a set of 21 policy and program options in April, council members expressed support for creating a 24/7 triage center. A city staff report laid out a preliminary implementation plan and cost estimate for several variations of a center – it estimated a 100-unit facility would cost about $1.5 million a year to operate, plus property and building costs.