The City of Sacramento has opened its first “Safe Ground” site in a parking lot near W and Sixth streets in downtown Sacramento.

The new site, under the W/X portion of the Capital City Freeway, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can host approximately 100-150 people experiencing homelessness. The lot has two distinct spaces: One is for tent camping; the other is for safe parking for vehicles.

The site, which is staffed around the clock, offers port-a-potties and cleaning stations. Case managers will work out of trailers on site, providing support for mental-health needs and substance-use disorders as well as hotel vouchers and housing coordination.

Everyone utilizing the safe ground site will be entered into the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), connecting them with additional service providers in the area.