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California cities are cracking down on homeless camps. Will the state get tougher, too?

In summary Democratic voters in California cities are pushing mayors and city councils to clear homeless camps. Leaders are responding with new ordinances, from Sacramento to San Diego.

Neighborhood resource coordinators Jawid Sharifi (center) and Gustavo Tellez, right, meet with unhoused residents at a homeless encampment on W Street and Alhambra Boulevard in Sacramento on April 11, 2023. Photo by Rahul Lal for CalMatters

byMarisa Kendall April 13, 2023Updated May 2, 2023


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