By Laura Haefeli

RANCHO CORDOVA (CBS13) – Authorities say they have cleaned up tons of trash left by homeless camping along the American River Parkway in Rancho Cordova.

The parkway before and after the clean-up. (Credit: Rancho Cordova Police Department)

City officials say they have been getting multiple complaints about illegal camping and dumped trash along the stretch of the parkway just north of the Sunriver neighborhood.

On Sunday, Rancho Cordova’s homeless outreach team went out to contact the people living along the parkway. A handful of homeless people were connected with resources aimed at trying to them back on their feet.

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The team then worked to clean up the mass of trash that had accumulated in the area.

In total, Rancho Cordova police say 15,000 pounds of trash was removed.

Despite the efforts, neighbors are concerned the trash will pile back up quickly.

Police note that two people were also arrested as part of the effort. The people were arrested on charges of narcotics possession and felony probation violations.

Comments (4)
  1. Mustafa Sensayuma says:

    It would be so much easier to allow the homeless to sleep overnight in City Hall and other public buildings that are warm and dry, and have washrooms and trash cans.

    1. No, allowing addicts to sleep wherever they want only grows the problem, a point that should be obvious by now. Stop giving them food, shelter and stuff they will leave behind for volunteers to clean up. FORCE them into institutions where at least they have a chance at recovery. It is cruel to continue feeding the problem, why is that so hard to see for some?

  2. ADDICTS. Identify the problem to solve it. Not having housing is a SYMPTOM, not the cause. Calling a broken leg a bruise is still a broken leg. Treating a broken leg like a bruise will not help much. Please stop calling symptoms THE problem. 95% of these folks are ADDICTS and their behaviors are SYMPTOMS.

  3. Constant says:

    According to the most recent annual survey by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, major cities across the country report that top causes of homelessness among families were:(1) lack of affordable housing, (2) unemployment, (3) poverty, and (4) low wages, in that order. The same report found that the top four causes of homelessness among unaccompanied individuals were (1) lack of affordable housing, (2) unemployment, (3) poverty, (4) mental illness and the lack of needed services, and (5) substance abuse and the lack of needed services.

    Addicts are the last reason, by order, in this survey.

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