Coalition Leaders Respond to Sacramento County Supervisor Patrick Kennedy’s Opposition to Metro-Region Homelessness Measure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2022
Contact: Matt Rexroad

Sacramento, CA – Leaders of Sacramentans for Safe and Clean Streets and Neighborhoods, a countywide coalition of business, labor, community activists, and law enforcement, responded today to Sacramento County Supervisor Patrick Kennedy announcing his opposition to their Metro-Region county plan on homelessness.

Joshua Wood, CEO of Sacramento Region Business Association stated “We’re tired of the chicanery and finger-pointing of our leaders when it comes to solving homelessness. The state of affairs in our County is unacceptable, unsafe, and frankly gross. Let our legal team, the best in the nation on this issue, present on why our solution works. We agree that we need strong anti-camping rules in the County. We can even merge our plans together. But, how can you then not provide metrics and goals on the housing and services that will be needed for the homeless? We need measurable goals. At its core, that’s what we want. A plan with measurable goals and metrics so there is accountability. If you don’t value something, you’ll never measure it. If you never measure it, you’ll never do it. It’s our logical and moral responsibility to be effective. Mr. Kennedy, your friends respectfully request that you reconsider.”

Amanda Blackwood, President and CEO of the Sac Metro Chamber, stated “Supervisor Kennedy’s remarks in opposition to our coalition’s proposal are extremely disappointing. We are proposing the most comprehensive and meaningful reform to how we address homelessness in a generation. Supervisor Kennedy’s opposition is a clear example of the lack of innovation, transparency and leadership from county and city officials that has allowed the homelessness crisis to spiral out of control, resulting in a 67% increase and leaving hundreds of homeless members of our community to suffer and die on our streets. When our elected officials actively work to stop the community from having clear metrics, a path to achieve results, or even worse won’t allow for public discussion of a community-originated solution – we must rise up as a community and demand better. I certainly will. Our region’s future depends on it.”

The Sacramento Metro Chamber and Region Business led coalition’s county proposal would require the establishment of emergency temporary shelter sites, implement a no-camping ordinance countywide, and require the county to administer substance abuse, mental health, and social services at emergency shelter locations. The county action is intended to serve as a companion to the City of Sacramento’s Emergency Temporary Shelter and Enforcement Act of 2022. To view the full county proposal, click here.

Supervisor Kennedy announced his opposition to the proposal in remarks to the Sacramento Business Journal earlier this afternoon.

Sac Metro Chamber and Region Business are leaders of Sacramentans for Safe and Clean Streets and Parks, a countywide coalition formed to advocate for and support immediate emergency action on homelessness by the City and County of Sacramento.

For more information, please visit www.safestreetsforsac.org.

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