HOMELESS CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT

Advocacy Priorities:

  • Advocacy to include homelessness to Sacramento City's Non-Discrimination & Equality Municipal Code;

  • ​Moratorium to the County's anti-camping ordinance until enough affordable housing units are created in our region. This would include protection of the property of homeless people seized by law enforcement;

  • Oppose any efforts to criminalize homeless people including anti-homeless laws such as anti-panhandling ordinances;

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  • Continue to monitor Sacramento Park Rangers monthly anti-camping      citations and homeless camps closed;

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  • Advocate for Safe Parking Zones for Vehicle Residents

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  • Continue to participate in National House Keys Not Handcuffs Campaign

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  •  Work with LSNC and ACLU- Northern CA to determine if SRCEH will     sue either the City and/or County on homeless issues

SUPPORT SRCEH'S CALL FOR AN

IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM ON THE

CITY'S ANTI-CAMPING ORDINANCE

 

Department of Justice and 9th Federal Circuit Court stated "...until there is enough housing, anti-camping ordinances violate the 8th Amendment as cruel & unusual punishment"

Sacramento:  Criminalizing People Experiencing Homelessness:

 

The City of Sacramento has 11 municipal codes criminalizing daily activities associated with homelessness:

  • 5 codes criminalizing standing, sitting and resting in public places;

  • 3 codes that  criminalize camping and loddging in public places;

  • 3 codes that criminalize begging & panhandling  

 

Sacramento City: Sacramento City Code Section 12.52.030 bans camping on public or private property - unless lawfully authorized.  

From 2004 - 2014, of the 1,201 crime reports on "homeless offenses [standing, sitting, camping, panhandling] 69% [831 reports] of the Sacramento Police Departments crime reports 

were for this one code:  12.52.030

 

Sacramento County:  Between 2012 - 2014, the Sacramento County Park Rangers have issued approixmately 2,700 illegal camping citations - an anverage of almost 4 citations a day for 730 days [2 years]

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