Elk Grove HART
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Organization Details

Programs

Description
The winter of 2020 brought new challenges and opportunities for Elk Grove HART. Unable to provide overnight, indoor shelter due to COVID-19 restrictions, HART designed and implemented a new program called EG HART WINSIP (Winter Shelter in Place). For this new program, HART was able to partner with the City of Elk Grove and obtain financial support through the Cares Act.
Budget
$48,600
Program Successes
For 44 weeks beginning in March of 2020 and running through the Spring of 2021, volunteers assembled and delivered shelf stable meals and other necessities to those experiencing homelessness within the City of Elk Grove. More than 5,500 meals were assembled and delivered to residents of encampments throughout the city. In addition to food, homeless clients were provided waterproof sleeping bags, warm jackets, clothing items, and toiletries.
Description
Elk Grove HART is a non-profit organization established in 2010 to assist those experiencing homelessness in Elk Grove toward self-sufficiency and greater independence. It is an all-volunteer organization that coordinates with the City of Elk Grove, Sacramento Self-Help Housing and the Elk Grove Food Bank to achieve the following goals: meet basic needs, encourage movement out of homelessness, connect to resources, mentor individuals, teach and assist with budgeting, aid in attaining gainful employment, and support to Transitional Houses in the City of Elk Grove.
Budget
$83,877
Program Successes
In cooperation with Sacramento Self-Help Housing, the City of Elk Grove, and hundreds of volunteers, Elk Grove HART has acquired and renovated two homes in Old Elk Grove that serve as transitional home for those motivated individuals and families that are escaping homelessness and becoming self-sufficient. With our volunteer mentors, we are able to assist the residents as they put their lives back together and gain the life skills necessary to obtain employment and independent housing.
Description
Elk Grove Winter Sanctuary (EGWINS) is a joint effort with local churches to offer temporary, emergency shelter for homeless people in Elk Grove. EGWINS began in 2013 and was based on the successful model used in Davis, California since 2007. It is supported by Sacramento Self-Help Housing, the Elk Grove Food Bank Services, the City of Elk Grove and several hundred local volunteers. The 12-week program runs from mid-December through early March and serves up to 20 homeless guests each night. Host churches throughout Elk Grove provide homeless guests with a warm, dry place to sleep, a hot meal and a bite of breakfast the next morning.
Budget
$4,500
Program Successes
Since its inception in 2013, EGWINS has served more than 200 homeless guests. Each year, several individuals who participate in EGWINS have been selected for move into one of Elk Grove H.A.R.T.'s transitional houses where they are assisted by volunteer mentors to put their lives back together and gain the life skills necessary to obtain employment and independent housing. The EGWINS program requires many resources: effective volunteer leadership, volunteers (who are predominantly older), and churches willing and able to open their facilities. The pandemic has affected all of these resources. It is not clear how the pandemic will play out in the Fall/Winter of 2021. HART is reviewing different options for the best way to continue serving those experiencing homelessness in Elk Grove.