Saturday, October 17, 2015

Homeless in Sacramento

Homeless In Sacramento

Welcome to the Homeless in Sacramento Blog.

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When you become homeless and have no where to go living out on the streets can be difficult.  Depending on where you are living out on the streets there can be more resources available to you such as shelters, food, clothing, etc.  But not everyone has access to these things on a regular basis.

If you are homeless in Downtown Sacramento you have some limited short term options for places to stay depending on your situation.  There are limited options for shelters in Downtown Sacramento.
Just a few of the known ones are Union Gospel Mission, Salvation Army, & Volunteers Of America that are all located near Loves & Fishes.  There are additional shelters in the area that offer services for different situations.  Some shelters such as Union Gospel Mission is currently a men's only shelter with a womens shelter in the works if they can get everything approved, Salvation Army, & Volunteers Of America have there own programs with a longer stay period however once your stay is over you have to find somewhere else to stay.



Union Gospel Mission offers a bed for 7 nights at a time for men however you need a valid TB card from Mercy Clinic located at Loaves & Fishes.  They also offer nightly worship service and dinner for those that attend.  everyone must sit through the worship services if they want to eat or have a bed.  Showers for men are offered every night regardless of if you have a bed or not.  select days they offer showers during the day along with haircuts, clothing closet for men and women on select days.



Salvation Army offers a bed for 30 days.....



Volunteers Of America offers a bed for 90 days at a time and 30 days out before you can return.  You need to be up by __am and can not return until _ pm every night.  Breakfast & dinner are served daily.



Loves & Fishes offers services Monday through Friday excluding holidays. Friendship Park (or Jurassic Park as some call it) at Loaves & Fishes offers a place for people to gather in one place.  Monday through Friday Friendship Park is open along with other services including basic medical services.................  Weekends and Holidays there is only lunch service available. 
They offer tents, sleeping bags, tarps, and what ever else they happen to have available based on what donations they have.  they also offer clothing exchange, laundry services, showers, haircut vouchers, etc but some things are limited to a set number of people and other things like laundry services are the luck of the draw.



As with all the shelters and resources they primarily survive on donations to keep going.  If you are interested in donating to any of these programs contact them directly to find out how you can help.  Some take cash donations, some take donations that are dropped off while others will pick up donations where you are.  Places such as Union Gospel Mission are always in need of blankets & sleeping bags that are handed out when they have them to those that need them.

Additional information will be added later.



The Homeless Project:

The homeless project was started by the idea of making sure no one was living out on the streets without somewhere to stay safe and a warm bed to sleep in at night.  While most housing or shelter options are limited time the idea behind this would be to make it so that a person would have a living unit to stay in all year round as needed.  Most of these units would be with 2 people per unit.  Some would be setup for families also.  Restrooms & showers would be located outside the living unit area down the hall and would be individual rooms.  Additionally for those that had income they could upgrade to a different unit that would have there own private restroom with shower. and a small kitchen for basic food preparation.

These units can be setup as a temporary setup or a more permanent for locations with a large homeless populations.  The homeless shelters could be constructed out of cargo containers and multiple levels could easily be implemented.

An average cargo container could house up to 16 people with 2 people per small room.  This would at least give homeless a safe place to sleep at night and store there basic stuff.  You could have another cargo bin setup with washers and dryers for weekly laundry use.  Another unit could be setup for bathroom and shower use.  There could be an area setup for serving food from one or more depending on the situation.  This would include a kitchen area for preparing all the food as required.  This project could also be setup for low income housing needs.  The cargo bins could be split into 2 homes and have a small home with everything that was needed including kitchen, bathroom, shower etc.  They could be setup for maximum storage with little space.

There is similar projects that are already out there for using cargo bins as housing and just depending on the actual situation for what the actual needs are this could be a cheap way to get people off the streets and also offer portability for when the units are needed elsewhere.  They could also be setup as emergency shelters when disasters hit.  they would be quick to setup and could be removed just as fast.

The units themselves could be all be lit up using led lighting only and have available outside lighting built in.  they would be ran off low voltage batteries and charged during day hours by the sun.  Additional power options could be available.

The final goal is to have enough shelters for every person out on the streets to have a safe place to stay.  Some may be small shelters while others may be larger depending on where they are located at.  In the Sacramento area there are at least an estimated 800 + people that do not have a permanent place to call home.  That includes families with children.  There are many programs available to help assist some homeless people however it doesn't include everyone.  If you have income there is low income housing options that are available though you may have to be put on a waiting list just to get in to the program.

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More info to be added later.....




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