SHOC Office

The SHOC office will be closed Monday, May 31. Holiday. Very Hot forecast. The office will reopen for Mondays on June 7, hoping to open more days when possible. We are mainly opened Mondays for the Distributor Program so distributors can pick up papers. A new issue will be out next week.

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Homeward Back on the Streets!

After a long pandemic hiatus, Homeward Street Journal has restarted the distributor program. Mane is the first to get back to selling Homewards downtown. Though the office is currently only open on Mondays from 11AM to 1PM, we will be expanding hours as restrictions lessen.

For office hour updates and an archives of past issues go to


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Big Day of Giving

Big Day of Giving is May 6, a 24 hour extreme community giving event! Your can donate now until the end of day on May 6. Please donate to SHOC and/or other organizations signed up for the campaign!

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Vigil at City Hall Friday

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Safe Ground

Safe Ground is the Way Forward

Every day, many thousands of homeless men, women, children and families are surviving outdoors, struggling to make it on Sacramento County’s streets – no one knows the true number. But we do know that unhoused people camp under freeways, huddle in doorways, and gather on empty lots in every neighborhood.

Safe Ground community downtown Sacramento

Covid-19 means as crisis in homelessness: more evictions from secure housing, more jobs lost. Governmental agencies at every level – federal, state, local – have failed to step forward with sustained funding and supportive services.

At the same time, Sacramento police and Sheriff’s deputies are intensifying their aggressive action to sweep encampments, dispersing homeless into neighborhoods and confiscating their belongings. The constant threat of arrest and displacement, the lack of sleep and lack of basic sanitation, like water and toilets, brings on trauma and exposure to disease for an already vulnerable population.

“Safe Ground” are self governing communities where homeless people can live in peace, leave their belongings and receive supportive services – can and will stabilize this desperate and chaotic situation.

The Safe Ground nonprofit organization currently supports a demonstration site in downtown Sacramento, with electricity, water, showers, food storage, a porta potty and 15 capacious tents. We are working towards establishing more locations.

Being homeless and in need should not be a crime. And it can no longer be treated as an invisible, insoluble problem that we can turn away from. Together, we can tackle homelessness in a dignified, supportive, cost effective way.

This is why many of Sacramento’s largest and oldest homeless service organizations including Loaves & Fishes, Mercy Pedalers, Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee, Sacramento Homeless Union, and a growing number of supporters have banded together with businesses and individuals to join the campaign for Safe Ground.

Tough times demand creative solutions. With landowner permission, vacant lots throughout the city could be made available. Importantly, Sacramento has public land that no one is using – land that, through this unique approach, can offer  homeless people an opportunity to build a safe, organized community where they can stay until permanent housing is possible. This is especially valuable for women and those with disabilities, but everyone needs a place to be!

We need your support — volunteers to help create and build; advocates to spread the word; sites on vacant land, and of course, donations in any amount. We welcome unsheltered individuals as leaders and participants in this historic and crucially necessary project.

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Writers workshop

This evening’s workshop has been rescheduled to 6pm

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Resources for Assisting Migrant Workers

Those who come to this country to find work often have unmet needs, even though they are a vital part of our society. They contribute to the food supply, economy, and culture, but they don’t always know where to look when they need help. The following resources can help you point them towards individuals and organizations that can provide the assistance they need.

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Cover Essentials

It’s not unusual for migrant workers to struggle with basic human needs. It’s important to cover their essentials first.

  • Many migrant workers experience food insecurity. Let them know about free sources.
  • A roof overhead is a must, and several options are available.
  • When more traditional housing is problematic, portable options are another solution.
  • Healthcare is often a concern. Charitable clinics can help.
  • Parents who need child care can hire sitters via the web.

Legal Concerns

The legal system is a complex machine. Deportation, visa alterations, and so forth, can prove challenging, especially during a pandemic. Thankfully, there are people and organizations that can lend a helping hand with various scenarios.

  • OSHA has legal safety standards all workplaces are supposed to meet.
  • Some organizations are specifically oriented toward assisting the migrant population.
  • Another option is to hire freelance legal professionals through online job boards.
  • Migrant workers may need to learn how to pay taxes.

There’s an App for That

Mobile apps are available for nearly anything and everything these days. Look to smartphones for other forms of practical assistance.

Migrant workers are a vital part of the US economy, but they often fall through the cracks. Thankfully, there are resources available, and you can use this guide to help them.

[courtesy of Diane Harrison,]



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Stop the Sweeps Action 9/21

ACTION!!! – Join us for a Press Conference – Monday, September 21, 2020 at 11:30 am at 5085 Stockton Boulevard. (Residents of this encampment will be speaking), followed by a March down Stockton Boulevard to 5700 Stockton Boulevard (the site of a recent eviction of unhoused campers) for a rally.

Please wear a mask, bring a sign and join us Monday, September 21, 2020. Stand in Solidarity with our unhoused sisters and brothers. Stop the sweeps and evictions!!!



SACRAMENTO SERVICES NOT SWEEPS COALITION (SSNSC) also demands that Sacramento City and County take immediate action to:

1. Defund the County Sheriffs Hot Team and the Sacramento City Police Impact Team and repurpose these funds to develop teams of health, mental health, peer advocates and substance abuse service teams to become first responders to homeless encampments.

2. Safe Ground/Shelter/Services – The City and County has dragged its feet for years on siting and funding adequate transitions from camping to housing.

3. No hospital dumping of homeless patients to the streets or to encampments.

4. No More Sweeps, which violate a Court Order and Public Health Order – “CDC guidance for those experiencing homelessness outside of shelters is to be strictly followed. To maintain public health and safety, allow people who are living unsheltered, in cars, RV’s, and trailers, or in encampments to remain where they are, unless the people living in those locations are provided with a real-time access to individual rooms or housing units…”

5. Safe Parking areas for unhoused families living in vehicles (City Councilman Eric Guerra agreed to siting a vehicle shelter in his district, but has not followed through.)

6. City officials meet with SSNS members and the unhoused community members ASAP.

7. Cooling centers, clean air centers are badly needed through climate emergencies.

8. Audit of spending on homeless services, including law enforcement/mitigation funding.

9.County must continue to provide hand washing, restrooms, water and Supportive Services to the encampments.

Betty Rios, Kevin Carter, Crystal Sanchez, Faye Wilson Kennedy and other SSNSC leaders have been voluntarily providing essential services (i.e. water, food, equipment and support) to the Stockton Blvd unhoused encampments for months. They have witnessed these fellow Sacramentans suffering through blazing hot days, dangerous air – dense with smoke particles, risks of COVID 19 to elderly and health compromised campers and constant threat of eviction. These leaders call out:

“Enough is enough! Though the City/County homeless system has provided port-potties and hand-washing stations and recently virus testing in recognition of these encampments as shelter-in-place areas for unhoused people; accessible cooling and breathing centers have not been provided. Real time -accessible housing has not been offered.

Now the City and in particular Councilman Eric Guerra refuse to stop this eviction, which will force hundreds of people to wander through the Stockton Boulevard and adjoining neighborhoods, putting themselves and hundreds of residents at risk during the pandemic. The Stockton Boulevard Business Improvement District should be ashamed of pushing for this illegal eviction during climate emergencies and a pandemic and campers and their advocates will be pushing back.”

Thank you and join us!!














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Writing workshop postponed to Thursday

Our Writing workshops have been rescheduled to first and third Thursdays at 5PM. Email Jackie Botts for invite.

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Extreme Heat How to Help

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