City Plans to Move Homeless into Motels, West Sac Development to Move Forward

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Plans for development along the Sacramento River are on hold, because of the people who live on the shore.

The property owners say no plans can more forward until West Sacramento relocates the homeless men and women who gather along the river.

“Sometimes we’re forced to leave our home or we got family problems, or our kids don’t, they don’t care,” Martha Gibson, who is homeless, said.

“(I) ended up broke after paying thousands and thousands of dollars on doctor bills and pharmacies,” Steven Kruz, also homeless, told FOX40. “It’s no life, it’s very hard.”

It’s a sad truth about homelessness that Vietnam War Veteran Kruz says he’s been living for 17 years, in West Sacramento’s north levee area next to the Broderick boat ramp.

Hundreds have joined in during his time.

This rough road of homelessness with no defined destination, may soon come to an end for those who call the banks of the Sacramento River home.

Thursday night, West Sacramento’s City Council approved a plan to move some of those people to motels.

Thanks to nudging from the developer of the river bank area next to the boat ramp and advocacy groups, the city council has a list of screened homeless folks who call that area home, who will be moved into motels.

Advocates for the homeless say this decision is a nice kickstart, to help them help the homeless.

Yolo County still has to approve the plan, called “Housing First”. It would help homeless men and women get into a stable home, then offer job, medical and social services.

The Yolo Board of Supervisors is expected to take up the “Housing First” proposal next week.