When a homeless shelter opened in my neighborhood, I was skeptical. Now I’m gratified

When I first learned of the “low-barrier triage” homeless shelter being proposed on Railroad Drive in North Sacramento, I was skeptical. When the community met with Mayor Darrell Steinberg, he promised that Railroad would be the beginning of a city-wide effort to finally address chronic homelessness in Sacramento. He promised targeted outreach, garbage mitigation and an additional public safety presence. Though I was still concerned about the city’s ability to deliver these things, I agreed to support the shelter because we needed to do something. I was tired of watching our most vulnerable neighbors live in deplorable conditions throughout the city with nowhere for them to go.

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