Being human on homelessness, with Robin Epley

Today we’re joined by Sacramento Bee opinion writer Robin Epley, who discusses a recent piece she wrote on the importance of Sacramento County keeping the Project Roomkey motel program for people experiencing homelessness, which is sure to keep hundreds of people under a roof. 

While it is a good thing that Project Roomkey will continue to serve Sacramentans, it should never have been in danger of closing in the first place. 

Homelessness is getting to be a bigger issue in the region, as Robin and Yousef Baig noted last week, and it’s past time for the county and city to work in tandem on the issue. If they don’t, folks in the community will start to take their own initiative. And it won’t always be pretty. 

For instance, some awful folks in McKinley Village are trying to muster up a recall campaign against Councilmember Katie Valenzuela, using their own brand of vile anti-homeless rhetoric.  

We’re also taking some time to discuss the new participatory budgeting initiative that the city of Sacramento is getting behind, which is a massive win for the People’s Budget. 

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