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Let's Talk About: Homelessness

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Let's Talk about: Homelessness

Nearly 4,000 of our fellow Sacramentans experience homelessness, and approximately 30% are chronically homeless.*

What can we do as fellow citizens?

What are the barriers to helping those experiencing homelessness?

More than 200 people joined this discussion on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Continue the conversation in your community with the book lists below.

“Homelessness in Sacramento County: Results from the 2017 Point-in-Time Count” 
by California State University, Sacramento and Sacramento Steps Forward

About the discussion panelists



Emily Halcon

Homeless Services Coordinator, City of Sacramento

Working out of the Office of the City Manager, Emily coordinates internal and external efforts related to homelessness and helps develop strategic and effective ways to invest City resources toward those efforts. She oversees the City’s development and implementation of the $64 million Pathways to Health and Home program, a unique partnership between government, health care and housing providers that is the cornerstone of a community commitment to end homelessness for 2,000 of the most vulnerable people in Sacramento over the next four years.


Peter Bell
Peter Bell

Associate Director, Wind Youth Center

Peter has been working with young people experiencing homelessness since 2010. Most recently, he has worked as a program and policy advisor, trainer, and data manager for Wind Youth Services. Peter is also a member of the leadership team for We Help Youth (WHY) Sacramento, and a member of the Homeless Youth Task Force, a community-wide partnership designed to collaborate and address the needs of young people experiencing homelessness.

Amy Dugan

Sacramento Regional Coalition to End Homelessness

Amy is a youth and family advocate for the University of California, Davis CAARE Center. She has experienced homelessness firsthand and credits the birth of her daughter and guidance from St. John's Shelter in helping her to move forward. She recently graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology. 

Kevin Jones

Case Manager , Volunteers of America Veterans Services


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