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Medical Services To Be Offered To People Seeking Shelter On City Hall Grounds


In the past week, two homeless people have died while camping on Sacramento City Hall property. One man died Wednesday. Another man died Wednesday the week before.

Now the city is offering medical services to people seeking shelter on City Hall grounds. Kelly Rivas with the city says the building is a popular site for the homeless. 

"I believe it's because there are some overhangs and shelters that do help provide shelter from the rain from some of the elements," says Rivas. "We're also really working to make sure that we're getting the word out about our Weather Refuge Centers. The county did a great job in stepping up and also opening up the Stanford Settlement area."

The Weather Refuge Center is located at Southside Park and is open overnight when temperatures are forecasted below 40 degrees.

At City Hall, the Sacramento Police Department's Impact Team will be offering health assessments, service referrals and blankets through the night.

Mayor Darrell Steinberg says the city is working towards permanent solutions to, what he calls, the city's homelessness crisis.

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