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Winter Sanctuary For The Homeless Opens In Sacramento

File / Rich Pedroncelli / AP

A homeless person sleeps on a sidewalk in Sacramento, Calif.,Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

File / Rich Pedroncelli / AP

The Winter Sanctuary will provide shelter, meals and services through the end of March.

Maya Wallace, with Sacramento Steps Forward, says while homelessness is a year-round problem, housing is especially critical in the winter.

She says getting homeless people off the streets is the first step to turning lives around.

"And that's anything from giving people rental assistance to motel vouchers to emergency shelter. And that's across a range of populations that's chronically homeless, folks with mental health issues, families, youth."

Meals and other services are donated or paid for with donations. She says about 100 people use the shelter each night.

Ed Joyce

Former All Things Considered Anchor & Reporter

Ed Joyce is a former reporter and All Things Considered news anchor at Capital Public Radio. Ed is a veteran journalist with experience in a variety of news positions across all media platforms, including radio, television, web and print.   Read Full Bio 

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