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Sacramento City Council approves renovating hotel into homeless transition shelter

Robert J Hansen

Council also accepts funding for community reinvestment projects
Staybridge Suites Hotel, 140 Promenade Circle In North SacramentoRobert J Hansen

The Sacramento City Council approved making a hotel in North Natomas a shelter for families experiencing homelessness under a plan and accepted funding for community reinvestment at Tuesday’s meeting.

Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) proposed Staybridge Suites Hotel, 140 Promenade Circle become 117 units of transitional and permanent housing for families and individuals.

The facility, near Truxel and I-80, would offer support services too.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg said he spoke to the deep frustration that so many in our community feel over the impacts of unsheltered homelessness on Facebook.

” I want to assure you that we are working hard to create more housing opportunities. We have added hundreds of units in the last year and are close to several breakthroughs,” Steinberg said on his Facebook page. “I want a clean and safe city, but cleanups must be linked to a genuine effort to offer services and a place to go.”

Councilmember Angelique Ashby spearheaded the project with SHRA and said at the meeting families could begin moving in by March.

Ashby’s was the only district with zero priority sites chosen and in the Homeless Master Siting Plan approved in August.

The Vista Nueva project will have 110 rooms for families, meaning it could house at least 300 women and children and possibly more, depending on family size.

The City is asking the California Department of Housing and Community Development for $35 million in funds through the state’s Homekey program.

This is one of the first applications to be submitted statewide for the latest round of Homekey funding according to a newsletter.

The Council also unanimously accepted 35.3 million in this year’s state budget for programs and improvements to benefit families throughout the city in a unanimous vote.

Assemblymember Kevin McCarty and Jim Cooper, along with state Sen. Richard Pan, all secured budget allocations.

McCarty carried legislation that delivered $13.5 million for community reinvestment in the baseball diamonds project, the renovation in Winn Park for the Center for Latino Arts and Culture and funding for after-school programs at Hiram Johnson High School.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg praised McCarty at Tuesday’s meeting, saying he had “delivered big time for his city.”

Nearly $7 million will also go to expand youth employment opportunities.

“In the midst of this global pandemic that has impacted so many people in a very harsh way, the state economy is booming like we’ve never seen before,” Assemblymember McCarty said in a Zoom call during the meeting. “It has allowed us to take a look at what we can do to re-invest in our neighborhoods.”

McCarty noted that the state budget also included statewide items that represent long-held goals for him and for others on the Council, including Mayor Steinberg.

“Universal pre-K, college savings accounts for everyone, this is now reality,” McCarty said.

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Robert J Hansen is an investigative journalist and economist. Focused on holding elected officials, police and the courts accountable to the people throughout the greater Sacramento area.

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