Sacramento Mayor wants small homes built to shelter homeless people
Late last month, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg proposed spending $21 million over the next three years to subsidize the construction of small homes to help shelter the city’s growing homeless population. At the annual State of Downtown address at Memorial Auditorium, Mayor Steinberg stated that the city would ask for concepts from the development community to build up to 1,000 “efficient housing opportunities.” The city requested information and concepts from developers this month for the small housing units, and Steinberg wants the City Council and Board of Supervisors to provide funds by this summer. Mayor Steinberg stated,
Our minimum requirements for the homes: a secure roof, door, plumbing, electricity and dignity.
At the State of Downtown address, Mayor Steinberg proposed using hundreds of Section 8 public housing vouchers, which are at the city’s disposal to “finance new construction (of the small homes) by providing a source of ongoing rental subsidy.” According to Mayor Steinberg, the law allows the city to use vouchers to help people cover rent at existing units or help finance new housing options. The location of the planned new homes has not yet been determined, but the city has 100 vacant parcels that it controls that can be used as a starting point. Mayor Steinberg also called on the private sector to raise $20 million for housing and homeless shelters. Hopefully the project goes as planned and the shelters can be available as soon as possible.