Sacramento Self-Help Housing Inc.
Sacramento Self Help Housing is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that assists individuals and families who have insufficient resources for adequate housing. We help people who are homeless, in crisis, or have special needs to find stable, affordable housing. We have numerous programs for this purpose that includes permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, financial education, tenant-landlord helpline, housing counseling, and community outreach.
To transform the lives of those who are chronically homeless and disabled, we provide Permanent Supportive Housing. We developed this housing program to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people coming from the streets and emergency shelters. In partnership with Sacramento Steps Forward, we eliminate the barriers to housing that keep these individuals on the streets. They connect to mainstream services and work to better their lives. We established a shared-housing model in response to the great need for safe and stable housing in our region. Using the model of leasing a home and subleasing to the tenants, we provide bedrooms to residents who benefit from low rent as well as a close-knit community. Property owners are in a unique position to help the homeless.
- We launched New Community, an exciting project offering 60 additional beds.
- In 2016, our permanent supportive housing program transitioned 13 residents into their own independent homes.
- In 2016, we housed 109 chronically homeless and disabled people.
Our counselors are experts in the local housing market. They educate our clients on the application process and provide interview tips and referrals. In 2016, we expanded our counseling to two additional sites: Birth and Beyond, and Mutual Assistance Network. We now offer housing counseling in 10 sites, to better meet the needs of our community. In addition, last August we expanded our Citrus Heights Navigator program to offer full-time assistance. Our navigator helps homeless people to find permanent homes by tackling barriers to safe and stable housing.
We work with our clients one-on-one and build strong relationships with the numerous resources in Sacramento County to guarantee the highest success rate for the individuals and families that we help.
We assist people who face the loss of their housing to either: preserve their housing or to be re-housed into new housing they can afford. We provide tenant-landlord mediation for at-risk tenants and their landlords by establishing a working relationship. Our clients exclusively consist of low income households and we are successful in over 90% of the cases in preserving housing or re-housing the household.
Our success working with individuals and/or families in jeopardy of losing their housing or in uncomfortable living situations, can be measured by our 90% success rate of keeping individuals housed - i.e. homeless prevention.
Sacramento Self-Help Housing, Inc. (SSHH) collaborates with Project Sentinel, Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC), and the Rental Housing Association of Sacramento Valley (RHA) to provide: a telephone helpline, tenant-landlord counseling, fair housing counseling, investigation, advocacy, and mediation services for unincorporated Sacramento County residents in a housing crisis or dispute. SSHH collects data and evaluates the issue. SSHH will educate the tenant and provide dispute resolution when needed. Potential fair housing cases are referred to Project Sentinel for analysis, investigation and, where appropriate, advocacy, and enforcement.
In 2016, the Renters Helpling responded to over 8,286 calls, helping 66% of families maintain their housing. Tenant education is provided to almost all of our clients through the Helpline. Our fair housing partner, Project Sentinel, received 543 intake referrals by Renters Helpline. Over half of our open cases were related to discrimination on the basis of a disability, reflecting the needs of some of our most vulnerable residents.