SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A proposed homeless shelter next to the Sacramento Children’s Foster Home has a former congressman threatening dissolution.
“This is irresponsible, irresponsible policy,” former Congressman Doug Ose said as he spoke about Sacramento Mayor Darrell Stenberg’s possible next step in addressing the homelessness crisis.
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Ose continued, “There are many places this homeless encampment could go. Or conversely, we could move the Children’s Home. But putting the two next to each other is a reckless policy.
Mayor Steinberg is asking the city council to turn the now empty Science and Space Center museum into a 24-hour homeless shelter.
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Ose lives near the site of the proposed homeless shelter on the county side and says he plans to file paperwork to incorporate the city area.
“Many of us think this is the heart of the problem. Should the land be returned to the county,” the former congressman said.
Last month, Mayor Steinberg said that due to the number and problem of homelessness, there was no excuse for allowing a city-owned asset not to be used to address homelessness. .
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The city would have a veto over any attempt at disincorporation. The proposal will be presented to council members later this month.