05/17/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Sacramento Homeless Problem Persists, Though New Programs Aim To Help Struggling Families

It's been a year since a tent city in Sacramento gained national media attention. Though the area that housed these tents has been fenced off, and the families moved, the problem may only have compounded.

Many formerly middle class families have been forced out of their homes -- encouraging Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson to support a new church-based initiative that could raise enough funds to move homeless families back into houses quickly.

It's being called One Day to End Homelessness, and Sacramento residents are being asked to donate a single day's worth of their rent or mortgage to the cause. The initiative hopes to raise at least $400,000 for Sacramento's Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing program. According to the Sacramento Bee, this amount of money could make the city eligible for another $1.6 million in federal funding.


An estimated 2,800 people are homeless in Sacramento, and a growing number in this statistic are families and couples that formerly identified as middle class. To make a contribution to this initiative, visit