Sacramento County homeless population increased 67%

TY: THE HOMELESSNESS CRISIS IN SACRAMENTO COUNTY IS DEEPENING. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE LIVING ON THE STREET HAS INCREASED IN THE LAST THREE YEARS, TO NEARLY 9,300. AND WHILE WE HAVE AN INCREASE IN THE CAPITOL CITY, SAN FRANCISCO’S HOMELESS POPULATION HAS DECLINED. SO WHY IS IT? MARICELA DE LA CRUZ OF KCRA 3 TO THE REACTION OF CITY LEADERS. MARICELA: THIS IS A SEEING THAT HAS BECOME MORE COMMON. >> THIS KIND OF JUST REAFFIRMS WHAT I THINK PEOPLE ARE ALREADY SEEING AND AIMING EVERY DAY. MARICELA: AND IT’S NOW OFFICIALLY RECORDED. ABOUT 9,300 PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS ON ANY NIGHT IN SACRAMENTO COUNTY. >> SOME OF THE REASONS FOR THE INCREASE IN HOMELESSNESS IN OUR COMMUNITY AND IN CALIFORNIA ARE MOST LIKELY ATTRIBUTED TO THE HIGH COST OF HOUSING AND THE LACK OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING. MARICELA: BREAKDOWN THESE NUMBERS, THE UNSHELTERED ACCOUNT HAS INCREASED BY 71% SINCE 2019. KELSEY DISON IS AMONG THE NEWLY COUNTED. HE SAYS HE HAS NOT BEEN HOUSED FOR TWO YEARS. AND HAD TROUBLE GETTING OUT. >> IT’S MORE DIFFICULT NOW BECAUSE ONCE YOU’VE HOT BOTTOM, IT’S SO HARD. THEY LOOK AT YOU LIKE YOU’RE AN ALIEN. THEY DON’T WANT TO TOUCH YOU, THEY DON’T WANT TO BE AROUND YOU. MARICELA: BUT AS HOMELESSNESS HAS INCREASED IN SACRAMENTO, WE ASKED OFFICIALS WHY SAN FRANCISCO IS REPORTING A DECREASE. THEY ATTRIBUTED THE NUMBERS IN PART TO HOW THE DATA IS COLLECTED. NOTING THE INCREASE IN OUR COUNTY, OFFICIALS SAY PREVENTIVE WORK CAN HELP IDENTIFY PEOPLE BEFORE THEY BECOME HOMELESS. >> FOR NOW, WE ABSOLUTELY NEED SHELTER. WE NEED SAFE SPACES TO SEND PEOPLE, SO THEY CAN WORK TO IDENTIFY THEIR BARRIERS TO HOUSING AND TAKE THAT RIGHT NEXT STEP. MARICELA: KIRSTIN IS ONE OF THE 19% OF IDENTIFIED PEOPLE LIVING IN THEIR VEHICLE. AND WHILE SHE HAD A HARD TIME, SHE IS MOTIVATED TO GET OUT. >> THIS IS ONLY TEMPORARY. THIS IS NOT AT ALL SOMETHING THAT WILL BE PERMANENT FOR ME. AND, IF I GO TO A CAMP, I SETTLE FOR IT. IF I BUILD SOMETHING THAT IS HOUSE THEN I SETTLE UP AND DON’T WANT TO USE IT. I WANT IT TO BE MISERABLE, SO I HAVE THE DRIVING TO BUILD. MARICELA: 58% OF ADULTS WITHOUT SHELTER DECLARE HAVING AT LEAST ONE DISABILITY. BLACK RESIDENTS ARE THREE TO FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY TO LOCATE HOMELESSNESS. ALTHOUGH THEY MAKE UP ABOUT 11% OF SACRAMENTO COUNTY’S POPULATION, THEY MAKE UP 31% OF THE HOMELESS POPULATION. KCRA3 NEWS. TY: SACRAMENTO HAS SEEN AN INCREASE IN THE HOMELESS POPULATION, EVEN THOUGH THE CITY HAS TAKEN MAJOR STEPS TO INCREASE SHELTER CAPACITY. THIS CAPACITY HAS INCREASED BY 57%, AND PROVIDED SHELTER TO MORE THAN 10,000 PEOPLE IN OVER THR

Sacramento County’s homeless population increases while San Francisco’s decreases

The sight of homeless individuals in Sacramento County is a common sight for anyone living in the area, and the latest census confirms that there are even more people on the streets. Sacramento’s 2022 point-in-time homelessness count was the first in three years, with last year being called off due to COVID-19. It is usually done every two years. Sacramento Steps Forward, a private nonprofit organization, is the lead agency in charge of homelessness counts. It identified 9,278 people experiencing homelessness on any given night, a 67% increase from the last census, which recorded 5,570 people experiencing homelessness on any given night. See this year’s report here. community and in California is most likely attributed to the high cost of housing and lack of affordable housing,” said Lisa Bates of Sacramento Steps Forward. The number of sheltered and unsheltered people has increased since 2019. 2,744 2019 homeless number: 3,900 2022 homeless number: 6,664 Homelessness per capita in Sacramento is estimated at 59 per 10,000 population. have lower numbers. They attributed the numbers in part to how the data is collected. They add that preventive work is important to identify people before they fall into homelessness. KCRA 3 spoke to Kelsey Dison and Kristin Schesser, who say they have been homeless for about two years. hard. They look at you like you’re an alien. They don’t want to touch you, they don’t want to be around you,” said Dison, who typically stays in downtown Sacramento. Schesser is among the 19% of people identified as living in their vehicle. She moved to Sacramento from Arizona. “It’s only temporary. It’s not something that’s going to be permanent for me. ‘Home’ so I settle in and I don’t want to get used to it. I want it to be miserable so that I can have the will to progress,” Schesser said. Nick Golling, the homeless services manager at the City of Sacramento’s Department of Community Response, said he needed more space in the shelters. .The point-in-time count also shows that black people, despite making up 11% of Sacramento County’s overall population, also make up 31% of the homeless population, making them three to four times more likely to to be homeless. than white individuals. Since the last PIT count, shelter capacity has increased by 57%, providing shelter for 10,459 people over three years. Other key findings: Native Americans/Alaska Natives make up 2% of the population of Sacramento County, but constituted 7% of the homeless population. 58% of unsheltered adults said they had at least one disability. A total of 1,600 tents and 1,100 vehicles were identified, four times more than in 2019. Those in tents made up 30% of unsheltered people , 19% were in vehicles and 22% were in other places not considered suitable for human habitation. Veteran homelessness decreased by 6%. Homelessness among families with children has decreased by 31% since 2019. Research suggests that federal emergency assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with vouchers for hotels and motels, has also helped to the decline.

The sight of homeless individuals in Sacramento County is a common sight for anyone living in the area, and the latest census confirms that there are even more people on the streets.

Sacramento’s 2022 point-in-time homelessness count was the first in three years, with last year being called off due to COVID-19. It is generally organized every two years.

Sacramento Steps Forward, a private nonprofit organization, is the lead agency in charge of homelessness counts. It identified 9,278 people experiencing homelessness on any given night, a 67% increase from the last census, which recorded 5,570 people experiencing homelessness on any given night.

See this year’s report here.

“Some of the reasons for the increase in homelessness in our community and in California are most likely attributed to the high cost of housing and the lack of affordable housing,” said Lisa Bates of Sacramento Steps Forward.

The number of accommodated and non-accommodated people has increased since 2019.

  • Number of people accommodated in 2019: 1,670
  • Number of shelters in 2022: 2,744
  • Number of unprotected people in 2019: 3,900
  • Number of unprotected people in 2022: 6,664

Homelessness per capita in Sacramento is estimated at 59 per 10,000 residents.

But as homelessness increases in Sacramento, KCRA 3 asked officials why San Francisco records a decline and now have lower numbers. They attributed the numbers in part to how the data is collected. They add that preventive work is important to identify people before they fall into homelessness.

KCRA 3 spoke to Kelsey Dison and Kristin Schesser, who say they have been homeless for about two years.

“It’s harder now because once you hit rock bottom it’s so hard. They look at you like you’re an alien. They don’t want to touch you, they don’t want to be near you “, Dison, who usually stays in downtown Sacramento, said.

Schesser is one of the 19% of individuals identified as living in their vehicle. She moved to Sacramento from Arizona.

“It’s just temporary. It’s not at all something that’s going to be permanent for me. And, if I go to a camp, I’m happy with that. If I’m building something that’s ‘intimate’, then I’m settling in and I don’t want to get used to it. I want it to be miserable so I can have the will to move forward,” Schesser said.

Nick Golling, the homeless services manager at the City of Sacramento’s Department of Community Response, said they needed more space in the shelters.

“We need safe spaces to send people to so they can work on identifying their barriers to housing and taking the next appropriate step,” Golling said.

The point-in-time count also shows that black people, despite making up 11% of Sacramento County’s overall population, also make up 31% of the homeless population, making them three to four times more likely to be homeless than white individuals.

Since the last PIT count, shelter capacity has increased by 57%, providing shelter for 10,459 people over three years.

Other key findings:

  • Native Americans/Alaska Natives make up 2% of Sacramento County’s population, but 7% of the homeless population.
  • 58% of non-housed adults said they had at least one disability.
  • A total of 1,600 tents and 1,100 vehicles were identified, four times more than in 2019. Those in tents made up 30% of unsheltered people, 19% were in vehicles and 22% were in d other places not considered suitable for human habitation.
  • Veteran homelessness decreased by 6%.
  • Homelessness among families with children has decreased by 31% since 2019. Research suggests that federal emergency assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with vouchers for hotels and motels, has also helped on the decline.