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Sacramento's Homeless Adrift As Winter Sanctuary Closes For The Year

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Churches, mosques and other houses of worship have given shelter and food to hundreds of Sacramento's homeless since the start of December.  But now the inaugural year of Sacramento's Winter Sanctuary Program is over. 

Mayor Kevin Johnson calls the program a success. 

"But our goal is to ramp it up and be even more successful next year," Johnson said. 

He says the winter sanctuary costs a quarter of the price of an overflow shelter and provides temporary housing to hundreds of homeless people.
But others are worried about the future of the five hundred people that relied on the Winter Sanctuary Program.  John Kraintz is the President of the illegal homeless camp Safeground. 
"They'll be on the streets, they'll be on the river, and they'll be wherever they can find a place to try to stay out of sight and try to sleep," Kraintz said.
Kraintz says all of the city's shelters have long waiting lists. 
Mayor Johnson says the city is looking at permanent housing solutions for Sacramento's homeless.     
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