Placer County stretches from the suburbs of Sacramento to the Northern Lake Tahoe area of the California-Nevada border. Its cities include Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Loomis, Auburn, and Colfax, as well as many unincorporated communities. Placer County faces rural as well as urban homelessness in its communities.
According to the 2015 Point-In-Time Count, on any given night 540 individuals experience homelessness in Placer County. An estimated 41.6 percent of those individuals are chronically homeless, and about a quarter of the total homeless population have been homeless for five years or longer.
Though the overall number of homeless individuals in Placer County has been decreasing over the past few years, the population of chronically homeless individuals (who are defined as unaccompanied homeless individuals with a disabling condition who have either been continuously homeless for a year or more OR has had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years) has more than doubled since 2009, jumping from 102 at the 2009 Point-In-Time Count to 214 people at the 2015 count. The average rate of adult chronic homelessness in the United States in 2014 was 14.5 percent, meaning Placer County’s rate of adult chronic homelessness (41.6 percent) is almost three times the national average.
Statistics show that over 80 percent of the homeless population in Placer County became homeless while living in the county, and over half previously had jobs in the county. Most people interviewed in the 2017 PIT Count stated that they lived in the County for more than one year prior to becoming homeless. The population is concentrated in Auburn and Roseville–nearly 90 percent of homeless individuals surveyed for the 2014 Point-In-Time Count identified those two cities as the primary place they sleep. Approximately 12 percent said they primarily slept in the eastern areas of the county, into the Sierra Nevadas.
Placer County and the City of Roseville have transitional housing and emergency shelter options available for homeless residents or residents at risk of becoming homeless. Please visit the Homeless Information & Referral page on the City of Roseville’s website or the Homeless Services page on Placer County’s website for more information.
In addition, Placer County is also currently operating a temporary emergency shelter, called Right Hand Auburn, in North Auburn.
Getting to Zero Grants
As part of the Getting to Zero campaign, Sutter Health is giving a $1 million matching grant to Placer County to buy housing and rental subsidies for up to 20 homeless people a year. The donation is going to the county Whole Person Care pilot program and involves purchasing housing units for participants to use. The Whole Person Care Program is a major, five-year pilot powered by $10 million in federal funding, which the county will match by reassigning funds. Additionally, the City of Roseville also received $250,000 in matching funds from Sutter Health to support its Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program.
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