Sacramento County has a population of nearly 1.5 million people and a mix of rural, suburban, and urban living. Cities within Sacramento include the cities of Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Rancho Cordova, Isleton, and Galt.
From encampments along the American River Parkway to the urban unsheltered population, homelessness in Sacramento County takes many forms.
Sacramento County has the fifth highest number of individuals experiencing homelessness of California’s 58 counties. In 2014/15, the County of Sacramento spent over $40 million on homeless services to help people respond to the crisis of homelessness and on managing the community impacts of homelessness. Additional funding comes from the city of Sacramento, other cities within Sacramento County, state and federal grants, and business and private philanthropy.
According to the 2015 Sacramento County Point-In-Time Homeless Count, on any given night in Sacramento County, an estimated 2,659 individuals experience homelessness. Furthermore, an estimated 5,200 individuals will become homeless over the course of a year.
The biennial Point-In-Time Count for Sacramento County has fluctuated between 2,300 and 2,800 total individuals experiencing homelessness since 2009. Different subpopulations of individuals experiencing homelessness include single adults, families, transition age youth (18-24), veterans, and the chronically homeless.
Sacramento Steps Forward (SSF) works with both the County and City of Sacramento to address homelessness in Sacramento County. SSF applies for, manages and distributes Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding to the amount of $19 million for homeless service providers through the Sacramento County Continuum of Care.
The SSF Resource Guide contains information on the available emergency shelter and service programs in Sacramento County (updated quarterly).
From November 21, 2016 through March 31, 2017, Sacramento Steps Forward will also be facilitating its annual rotating winter shelter for single adults, Winter Sanctuary. Made possible by the participation of Sacramento’s faith-based community and Sacramento County, Winter Sanctuary is expected to provide food and overnight shelter to more than 400 individuals experiencing homelessness over four months.
More on Sacramento County’s homelessness crisis response system and recommendations to align its resources behind services that follow the Housing First model can be found in this report.
Getting to Zero Grants
As part of the Getting to Zero campaign, Sutter Health provided a $400,000 matching grant to the City of Sacramento to expand services at the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope Emergency Shelter. The funding will support services for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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