Sacramento Steps Forward
Sacramento Steps Forward is the lead agency working to end homelessness in the Sacramento region. By using a collaborative, data-driven, outcomes-based approach, we help ensure that people experiencing homelessness have access to housing, employment, health, education, and other resources necessary for economic stability and an improved quality of life.
Sacramento Steps Forward is one of very few nonprofits in the country tasked with distributing HUD homelessness continuum of care funding and overseeing program compliance.
1. Successfully issued and monitored federal funds
2. Coordinated decision making by Continuum of Care advisory board to develop a coordinated entry and assessment tool to be used in the field beginning in early 2015
The region's winter shelter program for homeless individuals, Winter Sanctuary combines the efforts of local congregations to house and feed the homeless in lieu of the Sacramento County winter shelter.
In 2013-14 program year:
- 520 unique individuals served
- 89 individuals per night
- Average stay: 23 nights
- $11 per person, per night
- 18 weeks of shelter
Job fairs targeted specifically to meet the needs of homeless and formerly homeless job seekers. Attended by prospective employees and local employers committed to hiring from homeless employment training and services organizations. We jointly produce these events with community partners such as Women's Empowerment and Volunteers of America.
- Over 500 people were served at each Homeless Connect, and over 80 people obtained employment through Employment Connect
We are focused on ending chronic and veteran homelessness by the end of 2016. Common Cents is designed to help Sacramento Steps Forward to reduce the amount of time, effort, and frustration families and individuals experience when seeking housing and services and to ensure that people who need services the most have access when they need it. Through Common Cents, individuals and families experiencing homelessness will take an assessment that easily matches them with the appropriate levels of housing and services, tailored to their needs and preferences. In its first two years, Common Cents will focus on ending homelessness among veterans and chronically homeless individuals. Navigators identify the most vulnerable individuals and veterans place them in emergency housing, increasing the chance that they will obtain and retain access to permanent housing. Over time, we will right-size our system, therefore providing programs and services that best fit the needs of the population.
Since this program began in January 2015, we have:
- Hired nine homeless outreach navigators to work throughout Sacramento County
- Provided emergency housing to 40 individuals
- Obtained permanent placement for 28 individuals, including 14 veterans