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Gingerbread Houses For The Homeless

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The homeless-support group, Sacramento Self-Help Housing is hosting its annual "Gingerbread House Party" today.

The organization leases homes in the Sacramento area and then sub-lets rooms to the homeless or to people in danger of becoming homeless.

This is the fourth year for the gingerbread house decorating competition. After prizes are awarded, the houses are put up for auction.  

John Folely with Sacramento Self-Help Housing says the entries have varied in the past from the traditional gingerbread house to a gingerbread state capitol with a homeless person on the steps.

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"There's all kinds of ways people can do it, but it's basically the idea that people love to have a home and homeless folks of course don't. We're wanting to move in the direction of helping homeless people not be homeless anymore."

Foley says the event itself became homeless this year when the old location at the Downtown Plaza was torn down to make room for the arena.

The new home is the community room here at Capital Public Radio.

The public is invited to view and buy the houses at auction starting at 5:30 tonight.

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Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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