KCRA, January 5, 2021
ABC-10, January 5, 2021

A New Mayor Takes on Homelessness

The Sacramento Bee has expressed optimism that the city could be better poised than ever to break the cycle of homelessness.


Some homeless leaders have too. “We’re extremely hopeful,” said Bob Erlenbusch, executive director of the Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness.The reason is the swearing in last month of Mayor Darrell Steinberg, a veteran state lawmaker who has made mental illness and homelessness signature issues of his political career.

One of Mr. Steinberg’s first mayoral acts was to expand access to warming centers in Sacramento. On any given night in the county, roughly 2,600 people are homeless.

New study shows significant Increase in number of homeless deaths in Sacramento

So far this year, 110 have died. The coalition's Bob Erlenbusch says the percentage of violent deaths has also increased; reflecting an increase of prisoners released under re-alignment. "Between the jail releasing 80-to-100 people a day and hospitals discharging people to the streets, we have institutions that routinely discharge homeless people to the streets 24-hours-a-day." Erlenbush says half of the people died outside and about 25% died violent deaths

Sacramento County Supervisors: Will arrest for food

Bob Erlenbusch of the Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness called the trend of anti-homeless ordinances a “race to the bottom.”

Sacramento County sees spike in homeless students during recession

 “The statistics are shocking and should be a call to action for the County Board of Supervisors and School District officials to address this rising crisis,” states Bob Erlenbusch, Executive Director, Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness [SRCEH].

Rise in  Homeless Deaths in Sacramento County

It is not clear why there is a rise in homeless deaths, "... but one reason  might certainly be there has been an increase in homelessness in our community," says Bob Erlenbusch, Executive Director, SRCEH.

FOX40, January 20, 2021
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