In response to a growing homeless population beneath Highway 50 between W and X streets and in neighborhoods to the south, the Land Park Community Association and Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association are collaborating on a discussion from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 23 in Curtis Hall at Sierra 2.
LPCA board member Stephanie Duncan approached the SCNA board in January with the idea of a homeless discussion. In succeeding months, various resource agencies and elected officials were asked to take part in the discussion. Additionally, input from area residents was gathered on social media such as Next Door and Facebook to determine neighbors’ concerns and questions.
The event’s goal is to gather residents from Land Park, Curtis Park, Upper Land Park, South Land Park Estates, South Land Park Terrace, Hollywood Park and South Land Park to get questions answered about homelessness in those neighborhoods.
City, county and resource agency staff will share statistics about homelessness, provide answers about services and the process to obtain them, as well as, set goals for the future to help get people off the streets, and discuss how the community can help.
Those planning to attend include Councilmember Jay Schenirer, city Homeless Services Coordinator Emily Halcon, county Director of Homeless Initiatives Cynthia Cavanaugh, county Homeless Services Division Manager Eduardo Ameneyro, Sacramento Steps Forward Chief Executive Officer Ryan Loofbourrow, Loaves & Fishes General Manager Noel Kammerman, First Step Communities Executive Director Stephen Watters, and a representative of the Sacramento Police Department’s IMPACT team.
By Stephanie Duncan Special to Viewpoint