Hundreds gathered Wednesday evening at St. Marks United Methodist Church, hoping to persuade Sacramento city and county leaders to support the renewal of the city’s current inclusionary housing ordinance.
The goal is to provide affordable housing for all, and to help aid homeless programs.
William Jagger, a Missouri native, found himself homeless in Sacramento for most of 2011 until 2012. With no choice but to look for work, William was forced to take showers in places he never imagined.
“I would have to take daily baths in the river and wash my clothes with river water,” Jagger said.
Eventually, Jagger was able to get on his feet, thanks to his church Trinity Cathedral and Safe Grounds. Both organizations are a part of the Sacramento Area Congregations Together, ACTS.
“There are people who are homeless who need housing. We want to see that ordinance kept or improved,” Jagger told FOX40.
If no actions are taken in what Jagger feels is the right direction, he fears a population that’s already stereotyped and discriminated against will be even more vulnerable.
“People look at you like you’re scum and think you’re insane,” Jagger said.
ACTS also discussed affordable healthcare and blight in the communities.