City Still Looking for Answers to Growing Homeless Problem

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An energetic crowd cheers and rallies, marching from Loaves and Fishes to the Sacramento City Council chambers.

Homeless individuals and advocates are pushing for more resources, more housing in Sacramento.

"These folks need services," said Lynda Martin.

Tuesday's march comes after homeless activists spent a few months demonstrating outside City Hall in protest of the anti-camping ordinance.

"I think it's ridiculous how they keep arresting people, waking them up and everything," said homeless advocate Suzanne Hastings.

City leaders have since joined advocates to search for a long-term solution to this complex problem plaguing the city.

One idea is to create a tent city -- a designated self-governing area for the homeless to sleep safely and legally.

"We need housing, we need housing for poor people," said civil rights lawyer Mark Merin.

Merin is ready to make it happen. He tells FOX40 he's applying for a permit to create a tent city on 12th and C streets.

"It happens that I own this lot, and I'm happy to allow it to be a demonstration tent city, which is what were going to be applying a permit for," Merin said.

The idea is already getting mixed reviews from the community.

"I think there's a better place for this," said nearby business owner Ron Kain.

A tent city was one of several ideas proposed at the city council's homeless subcommittee meeting.

Other solutions outlined in a lengthy report include creating tiny house communities, adding capacity to local shelters and expanding resources for existing organizations in place to help the homeless.