Shoutout to our note-taker Robert Gonzalez for his work on this write-up!
A quick update on Safe Stay.
What's Safe Stay?
Well, it's a community for unhoused folx that the Sac County BOS is working to create.
Image below taken from this County news release regarding the community
The current board direction:
“Safe Stay” communities are being designed to
Expand shelter capacity
Create new options for those living unsheltered
Provide relief to communities
The Shelter Crisis Declaration allows for the expedition of the planning processes, but the Board still has to formally approve sites before construction begins
The site will include (according to the plan):
Fully fenced, monitored access
34 single occupancy cabins
11 double occupancy cabins
Trailers for staff offices
On-site gathering spaces
Large storage containers
24/7 on-site staff
Monitoring, check-in/check-out for guests
Case management services
Connections to behavioral health services
Daily facility operations (meals, trash, coordination of visiting service providers, etc.)
Outreach and community engagement
Meals, laundry, and sanitation on-site
Accommodation for pets & couples
All of the public comments for this item were in favor of this project and the Board of Supervisors approved this plan.
It's a shame that they're going so hard on security measures to appease conservative folx, that seems to be the way of things currently. Although this plan does add some more temporary housing, it is representative of the County's larger failure to implement solutions that would actually provide permanent long-term housing for people experiencing homelessness.