It was 1987 when Sacramento City Council decided it would address the growing homeless population with criminalization measures by enacting an anti-camping ordinance. That is when SHOC formed to work on overturning the anti-camping ordinance and anti-homeless sentiments. We were successful after hard work and legal measures in overturning the ordinance. Not long after our success the City enacted another anti-camping ordinance, once again making it against the law for people to live outdoors even though there were not enough shelter beds available.
SHOC continues to work towards our original goal of decriminalization of homelessness. Though that work hasn’t been completed, we have accomplished a great deal. We hope you will be able to join us in celebrating our many accomplishments over the last 30 years, including 20 years of publishing Homeward Street Journal that brings social justice news to Sacramento and provides an income to distributors experiencing homelessness and poverty.
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