Johnson favors a pilot program based on a concept called Safe
Ground. Steve Watters, a Sacramento State anthropology graduate
student studying homelessness, organized the forum. Watters
explains how Safe Ground works.
They band together in their camp and they form a
little self-governing process and they protect each
Johnson addressed directly the homeless people shuttled to the
We have a chance to have a sustainable outdoor
encampment, like all of you guys want to have.
Under the mayor's plan, Safe Ground camps would allow 60 to
100 people. They could stay for twelve, maybe eighteen months,
and the camp would have an onsite manager. Johnson says he wants a
new homeless program in place by November of next year.