A couple of months ago Sacramento, California made headlines when one of its "tent cities" was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Amid public outcry and criticism – not only nationally, but internationally – Sacramento’s Mayor Kevin Johnson tried to salvage the city’s reputation by dismantling the tent city and pretty much coercing the homeless to take refuge at a number of the city’s homeless shelters. There was also much talk coming from him and his spokespersons about finding permanent housing for those homeless who were being displaced by the dismantlement of the tent city.
Apparently the permanent housing never materialized, because many of the former residents of the tent city have unfortunately found themselves back on the streets without a roof over their heads. (more…)