Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg is ready to take a daring step to combat the homelessness crisis engulfing the region. He wants California’s capital city to be one of the first in the U.S. to establish a legal right to housing and shelter.
This could be a breakthrough after years of insufficient homeless policies. The test will be if Steinberg’s newest proposal can achieve what he has been promising for years: moving enough of the estimated 11,000 homeless people in Sacramento out of squalor and into adequate shelter for it to make a difference in their lives and everyone else. Several states and cities have attempted to mandate by policy and law but this is the first government mandate to force homeless into shelters and legislate penalties if they do not comply.