“Moving Day” for Homeless Along West Sac River

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WEST SACRAMENTO-

After a bad real estate deal and the failure of his demolition business put him on the streets 15 months ago, Kurt Capozziello is down to a bike and an elaborate cart.

"That's my pick up. I have no license, couldn't pay the ticket. I lost two trucks," he said.

But for Kurt, his dog Scoobie and 70 others who've been living in the woods next to the Broderick boat ramp in West Sacramento - Tuesday is their last night living outside.

'It's a good thing. It's a good feeling...yeah," he told FOX40.

That good feeling coming from a city-county-faith community partnership called 'Bridge to Housing.'

It will move pre-screened homeless campers into West Sacramento's Old Town Motel for a maximum of 120 days.

After a big Saturday clean-up where the homeless shed some of the life they want to leave behind, this first-of-its-kind move  starts at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

"They'll check their stuff into a Uhaul truck that will be taken to the motel from them. There'll be stations caring for their animals, washing their animals, checking their animals for diseases. There's going to be portable showers there.  The campers will be able to take a shower and go through a health screening," Don Bosley from the faith component to this project, the Mercy Coalition, said.

Job, mental and substance abuse help will be brought to the site so those in need don't have to navigate the social service system on their own.

"I ain't never had nothing like this. I never had nothing like this. Never had an opportunity to have nothing like this," said Mark Green, who's been homeless for three years.

The opportunity of that newly contracted motel space meant those already staying at Old Town had to go. They were told to leave about two weeks ago.

One woman who didn't want her name used has been paying $750 in monthly rent there for three years.

She fought to stay and won and now is glad for others to have a chance at stable housing.

"The people that used to come into here had no rules...came in here and did whatever they wanted. I know the people moving in here are going to have rules," she said.

Following rules, being a good neighbor and re- entering society - Mark Green can't wait.

And after three years of a day-to-day existence, he has big plans.

"I never seen none of my grandkids...(I wanna) have my own...so they can come visit me," Green said.

He wants to be someone his grandkids can take pride in.