In Sacramento, Budget Cuts Leave Homeless Without Bathrooms, Water Overnight | Sacramento , California | Huffington Post
Faced with a $200 million deficit accumulated over the past five years, Sacramento, Calif., like many other struggling municipalities, is severely cutting back.
In the span of less than a year, California’s capital has cut public workers, closed public facilities, and now is contemplating a plan to liquidate public assets to hold on to its NBA team.
But the city’s mayor is coming under fire for one money-saving cutback that a United Nations human rights observer says is a likely violation of international human rights treaties. Earlier this month, the U.N. took the rare step of issuing a public letter to Sacramento’s mayor declaring conditions for the city’s homeless unacceptable.
The problem: In an effort to save money last year, city officials declined to fix about 50 broken water fountains and installed automatic locks on some park restroom doors. The locks activate at 10 p.m., leaving many of the nearly 1,000 homeless people who can’t find space in the city’s shelters with no reliable overnight access to water or restrooms.
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