By Steve Large

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Homeowners in an affluent part of Sacramento County are concerned by what they say is an alarming increase in the homeless population.

Sacramento’s homeless crisis has centered closer to downtown along the American River Parkway for years. Now there are more homeless sightings popping up east of there along the American River in Wilhaggin where owners of expensive homes are sounding the alarm.

The homes are big, the yards are nice, and the properties back right up to a scenic section of the American River. Now people who live in the Wilhaggin community are voicing their concern over the recent increase in homeless encampments along the river trail.

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Jeff Frazier uses the river trail to run and bike. Not far from his usual route there are homeless tents popping up amidst the trees and bushes that line the parkway. Frazier thinks the encampments are creating a safety issue for the community.

Another resident Erik Finnerty has also noticed the change. He says he has concern for his neighborhood and for homeless people who seem to be identifying this area as a new place to hang out.

“The reality is, I don’t want homeless camps in my neighborhood, I want my kids to be safe riding bikes, I want to be able to go to the river, and not see tents and garbage, and syringes and all the terrible things you often see with it, but at the same time you have to be compassionate,” Finnerty said.

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There is no clear reason why homeless sightings are rising in this neighborhood. One possibility is that the new territory has fewer troubles than congested homeless camps.

A new federal ruling restricts Sacramento County Park Rangers from arresting homeless for camping. Residents can report problems in the area using the Sacramento County 311 App.

A Sacramento County spokesperson said they have not seen a trend in increased homeless in Wilhaggin based on those 311 calls.

Comments (3)
  1. Michael Allen says:

    It’s not just a problem for those in the affluent neighborhoods it’s a HUGE problem for the rest of us! Homeless “rights” trump the rights of those of us who work for a living and pay taxes into the matrix only to be offered no protection from those that don’t! I have a lady living in a run down trailer across the street about 5 days a week, city chases her off for a day or two and she’s right back, she abandoned one trailer last year which cost the city $1800 to have removed, within three days she was back with another trailer. City of West Sac says there is very little they can do, meanwhile she’s running a generator all hours of the night, her truck breaks down 5 feet into the lane of traffic and sits for 5 days impeding traffic on our street and the city shrugs their shoulders and refuses to tow her truck, you could park a vehicle between her truck and the sidewalk she was that far into the street! She burns candles all night to heat her trailer creating a fire hazzard and I have absolutely no rights here!

  2. Marta Adint-Weeks says:

    Do Californian’s want to do a Trump on the homeless?

    1. Jack Peiffer says:

      Doing a Trump on the homeless would mean setting expectations, demanding cleanliness, requiring legal camps, following laws and rules, and becoming a good citizen for America and Americans! Not a bad idea…well said!

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