October 24, 2014
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Sacramento officials are dismantling a homeless camp and providing temporary shelter for those who want it.
City spokeswoman Wendy Klock-Johnson says residents of the so-called tent city about one mile northeast of the state Capitol are being told to move by Wednesday.
The land is owned by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, which wants to use it and is starting to build a fence around it.
The city spokeswoman said Monday that residents are being given alternatives, including 50 beds set up in a shelter at the state fairgrounds.
Homeless people have congregated on the patch of land between the American River and a set of railroad tracks for years, in part because it is close to a food bank. About 150 people live there at a given time, most of them considered chronically homeless.